The Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA) is a non-profit organisation that provides support and information for people with conditions of dwarfism, their families and other interested members of the community. The SSPA is made up of volunteers who aim to educate the community, provide peer and parent support, participate in programs that benefit the dwarfism community and promote the achievements of people with dwarfism. The SSPA actively supports the Children’s Hospitals, Bone Dysplasia Clinics and Genetic Support Networks throughout Australia.
Our main aim is to assimilate people of short stature into society with the goal of equality of education and social status, and of employment opportunities.
The organisational structure consists of a National Council and State branches. These branches are based in three states – New South Wales (including the Australian Capital Territory), Victoria, Western Australia, as well as a regional group in North Queensland.
It currently has a membership of about 140 members both in Australian and overseas, of which approximately 80 are short-statured people.