A conversation at the local gym between 10th District resident Laura Titherington, who serves as the vice president of the Little People of America Puget Sound Chapter, and state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, has grown into a proclamation designating October as Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month in the state of Washington.
Bailey obtained the governor’s signature on the proclamation before presenting it to Titherington at the Capitol, with advocates for little people and their families in attendance.
“I am honored to have worked with this community to get some well-deserved recognition,” Bailey said. “This is an effort to inform people in our state that their neighbors of shorter stature are no different from anyone else. They are integral members of our communities, living fulfilling lives, contributing to our workforce and deserving of respect and dignity.”
There are over 30,000 people with various types of dwarfism in the United States. The proclamation draws attention to appropriate language referring to those with dwarfism and a myriad of notable points about the community.
“Our chapter and the children who attended are so thankful for this recognition,” said Titherington. “It was a big moment for us. I’m hopeful that as a result of this proclamation our fellow Washingtonians are aware of the challenges our community faces, and will work with us toward broader acceptance.”
You can read the full proclamation here.