Carole Lander interviewed 12 people living with dwarfism and presents their stories in this book, along with facts about their medical conditions, their history and their involvement in the arts and sport.
The book was launched at the 2013 SSPA Annual Convention and is on sale at selected shops as well as online. More information at www.checkword.com.au
At the recent SSPA Annual General Meeting held in Hobart, elections for the 2013-2014 National Council were held and the results were as follows:
President: Sam Millard (VIC)
Vice President: Linda Henderson (NSW)
Treasurer: Rosemary Hobbs (VIC)
Secretary: Alicia Jenkins (NSW)
Journal Editor: Graci Lynch (VIC)
Membership Secretary: Vicki Fallon (NSW)
Overseas Liaison Officer: Meredith Young (VIC)
Sports Coordinators: Tom Carney (VIC), Oliver Lynch (VIC)
National Council appointed positions:
Government Liaison Officer: Margherita Coppolino (VIC)
Librarian: Sandra Lundie (Nth QLD)
Social Media Coordinator: Meredith Young (VIC)
Web Master: Francis Kelly (VIC)
Alyssa Biddle (SA) Sarah Darkin (TAS) Steven Devine (SA) Kobie Donovan (QLD) Suzanne Franklin (WA) Leisa Prowd (VIC) Liz Stephens (NTH QLD)
Congratulations and best wishes to all. Here’s to an exciting 12 months ahead!
The 47th SSPA Convention is to be held at the Nunyara Conference Centre in Belair, South Australia, only 15-20 minutes from the city centre of Adelaide from Sunday 20th-Saturday 26th September 2014. The Centre is situated on spacious tree-studded grounds with spectacular views of Adelaide and the sea beyond.
More information about the Convention will be released in the coming months.
STEREOTYPES from fairytales, circus acts and the media put barriers in the way of people with dwarfism being accepted for who they are, says the president of Short Statured People of Australia.
“The only thing different about us is our physical stature – there’s no intellectual, sexual or any other difference – it’s purely physical,” Moorabbin educator and all-round athlete Meredith Young told the Leader.
“There’s been so much media around dwarf entertainment people think this is all we do and that we’re there to be laughed at.
Ms Young said most members disliked the word dwarf because it was entwined with stereotypical images few wanted to be associated with.
“When people ask me, ‘what would you like to be called?’, I say ‘I’d like to be called Meredith’.
Ms Young, badminton silver medallist and co-captain of the Australian team that recently competed in the World Dwarf Games, is one of 11 high-profile people featured in Northcote author Carole Lander’s book Little People: BIG LIVES.
British actor Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short, Star Wars, Harry Potter) also agreed to do an interview for the book.
“He chose to meet in a pub in Peterborough (England),” Lander said.
“During the two-and-a-half hours he spent talking to me, people kept coming up and asking to photograph him.
“He explained that he understood why people stop and look at people of short stature and why they want to take photographs.
“He told me ‘People are naturally curious and we are a curiosity’.”
“I said to him, ‘Are you sure it’s not because you’re famous?’”
Another interviewee was Essendon mediator, radio presenter and photographer Margherita Coppolino.
Lander said she decided to write the book after working for 10 years with Ms Young, who is also the program manager in school-based assessment with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
Ms Young said it was no concern that Lander herself was not short statured.
“There’s a great need for such a book and I don’t mind whose written it,” she said.
“I’d like to see it in every school where there’s a short statured child.”
One in 25,000 births result in the genetic mutation dwarfism, of which there are 350 types.
October is Dwarfism Awareness Month.
Little People: BIG LIVES is available at: checkword.wordpress.com
(From the Herald-Sun (Melbourne), October 18, 2013)
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SSPA Tasmania will be holding a Christmas party on Sunday the 8th of December.
When: Sunday 8th of December
Where: Sarah Darkin’s house (please email [email protected] for address details)
What time: 11.00am
What to bring: a plate of food (if possible), byo drinks and a “secret” wrapped present for your child.
This is a time for everyone to get together and catch up over a wine or beer. It’s also a time to possibly organise our next meeting place for us all to catch up. All family members invited e.g.: aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews etc… Just please let me know numbers so I can organise accordingly. Please come along and make this a special day for everyone!
It’s been great to hear from people who are definitely coming; this should be a great day!
Hope to see you all there, Sarah