The LPA Medical Resource Center (MRC) is the official site for medical information about dwarfism (conditions of short stature), sponsored by the Little People of America, Inc.
The MRC is a project whose mission is to provide public access to the latest and most accurate medical information available about dwarfism and its associated conditions.
The above guidelines were created to assist with the treatment babies and toddlers of achondroplasia, specifically for the Connective Tissue Dysplasia Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Westmead in Sydney.
The above report was designed to help paediatricians care for children with achondroplasia and their families.
Below are a list of funds which Little People may be entitled to depending on their individual circumstances. Entitlement to the funds are at the discretion of the funding provider.
Vehicle Modification Funding
The MOH Car Modification Funding is a payment which helps people who have a serious disability with the cost of buying or modifying a car. See link above for more information.
Lottery Individuals with Disabilities provides funding to people living with disabilities to buy equipment that helps them connect with, take part in and contribute to their communities. See link above for more information.
Home Modification Funding
House Modification Funding is a payment which helps someone pay for changes to their home because they or their child have a disability. See link above for more information.
The Child Disability Allowance is a fortnightly payment made to the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability. It is paid in recognition of the extra care and attention needed for that child. See link above for more information.
Vehicle Modification Standards
The Low Volume Vehicle Technical Association (LVVTA) have worked with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to develop Disability Adaptive Control Systems Standards which provide specific requirements for the safe design, construction, and attachment of mechanical-type manually-operated disability adaptive control systems, for people who are prevented by a physical disability, from driving a motor vehicle using conventional controls, in particular those primary controls that operate the brake and accelerator systems. The LVVTA also has a LVV Certifier Contact List of certifiers in New Zealand (see column 1B).
- Little People of New Zealand public page
- LPNZ members page
- Understanding Dwarfism – shares dwarfism awareness stories from around the globe
- Therapies, Adaptions, & Accommodations for LP Children – a group for professionals working with kids who have skeletal dysplasia
- POLP on Facebook – for parents/caregivers of Little People to ask advice and share tips