Essays on Dwarfism

Healthcare Bill Sets My Daughter Free
Millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions face new career prospects thanks to healthcare reform
By Dan Kennedy
The Guardian
March 23, 2010

Wiping Out Human Variation
A test allowing people to see if they have “preventable genetic diseases” gives them the chilling choice of eliminating difference
By Dan Kennedy
The Guardian
February 2, 2010

A Little Reality
It is important to view dwarfs as integral members of society instead of trying to fix people who aren’t broken
By Dan Kennedy
The Guardian
December 2, 2008

Little People, Big World
Will TLC’s new reality show change our perception of dwarfs?
By Dan Kennedy
Slate
March 24, 2006

The Bone Machine
Limb-lengthening surgery would make my daughter tall. But I’d rather she accept her dwarfism as an important part of who she is.
By Dan Kennedy
The Boston Phoenix
November 28, 2003
(An excerpt from Little People, with an accompanying Q&A by Liz Matson.)

Little Chance
The Station Agent and its star, Peter Dinklage, cast dwarfism in a new, well-rounded light
By Dan Kennedy
The Boston Phoenix
October 17, 2003

A Little Reality
The father of a girl with dwarfism peers into her future at the annual gathering of Little People of America
By Dan Kennedy
The Boston Phoenix

July 18, 2002

An Unexpected Connection
The secret life of “Hank the Drunken Dwarf”
By Dan Kennedy
Unitarian Universalist World
March/April 2002

A Most Congenial Activist
Aggressive enough to agitate for disability rights, self-deprecating enough to have played a dwarf in an opera, Ruth Ricker has plans for Little People of America
By Dan Kennedy
Northeastern University Magazine
November 1994

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