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CONFERENCE WATCH: Little People of America National Conference, Anaheim, CA.  July 1 - 8, 2001

With 70 chapters, Little People of America is an organization for persons and families involved with the condition of dwarfism. It is involved in peer and parent support, medical resources and referrals, scholarships, and programs that benefit the dwarfism community, promoting education, community outreach, personal and family strength, and life achievements.  LPA strives to bring solutions and global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families.


During the last twenty-five years I’ve been part, as a parent and/or a bookseller, of more than a thousand conferences on disabilities. They have been pretty much all over the map, both geographically and in terms of their subjects. I can remember one"only one"that I would just as soon have missed. And now that I think about it, I learned something valuable even there. All the rest offered nuggets of information, friendships and adventures that made them stand out in my memory as somewhere between “Wonderful” and “Well worth going!”

Summer Fun for Families with Special Needs Kids

As the long, lazy days of summer approach, most of us look forward to the refuge from the mad rush of school mornings, homework evenings and extracurricular bedlam. But our kids still need some kind of framework for summer days. This is a deeper concern for parents whose special needs kids are vulnerable to regression when structure is removed. Here are some ideas for family fun that will maximize your child’s success over the summer: