Community dialogue raises awareness on Dwarfism

YWCA Northeast Indiana held its third installment of the Diversity Dialogue.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A discussion at the YWCA Northeast Indiana is hoping to raise awareness about a condition that happens in every one to 25,000-40,000 births. The YWCA held a Diversity Dialogue Wednesday that focused on Dwarfism.

The goal of the talk was to raise awareness about condition, the symptoms, treatments and to reduce discrimination in the community. Guest speakers were on hand to expand the topic and answer questions about the condition.

“The best thing to remember is that everybody is a human being so the person comes first. So we talk about it as dwarfism and we don’t say things like midget, little people, little person because it’s the person we’re talking about and this is a condition,” said Mary Jo Hardiman, Chief Program Officer YWCA Northeast Indiana.

The Dwarfism discussion was the third part in the 2015 Diversity Dialogue Series. They are held the fourth Wednesday of every month from January to October.

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