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Our Guiding Principle: the Inclusion of Little People in Society

Any deviation from the standard of beauty and the norm creates a variety of prejudices. As a result, the physical appearance of little people confronts them every day with the issues of being different. In addition, people with dwarfism do not correspond to the image of disabled people in wheelchairs; a picture largely conveyed by the symbol that everyone knows. In relation to the rights granted to persons with disabilities and to the considerations from others, little people are in between: neither perceived as disabled people nor regarded as quite "normal".

Therefore, the AQPPT works to facilitate the autonomy of little people and their full participation in society, both at work and at school or in leisure activities. On the other hand, the Association helps each of its members to stop believing they are the only ones in the world to experience this condition. Consequently, under the guidance of role models who have learned the benefits of autonomy, children and adults benefit from the social gatherings organized by the AQPPT.

 

Inclusion VS Integration

Integration is the act of incorporating people into an environment that is already structured; It is essential when decision-making parties have neglected the different needs of disabled people in the conception of their project. Inclusion, on the other hand, aims to take into account every single group of people from the very beginning, including those with functional limitations.

Therefore, the AQPPT is in favor of the integration of little people when necessary. Their efforts to promote inclusion will mobilize by the means of heightened awareness, changing mentalities, and forcing society to evolve so that people with dwarfism may access the same services that are offered to the community. This way, every little person should be able to take part in activities that suit their needs, ambitions, and tastes.

 

 
 

© 2011 AQPPT - Translated by George Bravo and Judy Murphy