Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas There are an estimated 30,000 people in the United States and 651,000 internationally with one of the over 200 distinct forms of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasia; and

Whereas People with dwarfism are generally not taller than 4’ 10” at adult height with a typical height range of 2’8” to 4’5”; and

Whereas Eighty percent of people with dwarfism have average-height parents and siblings; and

Whereas Contrary to some public misconceptions, dwarfism does not normally affect cognitive abilities or lifespan, but it does affect over 200 distinct conditions that involve atypical bone and cartilage development; and

Whereas Dwarfism is a recognized condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

Whereas People with dwarfism often encounter discrimination and the portrayal of people with dwarfism often resorts to stereotypes; and

Whereas Organizations representing people with dwarfism are leading to fight discrimination and negative portrayals along with social networks, adaptive products and improved public awareness that enable people with dwarfism to address discrimination and overcome other challenges in educational work, and social settings; and   

Whereas Individuals with dwarfism continue to be a vital part of the Commonwealth’s rich diversity and contribute significantly to all aspects of daily life, including education, medicine, commerce, agriculture, and public service,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013, to be

DWARFISM AWARENESS MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


               By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth    

William Francis Galvin             
Secretary of the Commonwealth
   

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts