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Little Person

The term little person refers to individuals of short stature, typically persons under a height of 4'10". Little people often, but not always, have medical or genetic conditions causing their short stature.
Regardless of their medical conditions or label, little people generally require accommodations for their height restriction and mobility concerns.

Observing Little Person in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following in students who could be described as little people:

  • Assistance in reaching materials that are placed too high
  • Request a smaller keyboard, desk, chair, or other equipment
  • Use of a wheelchair or scooter to move around more quickly


Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Little people may have pain or inflexibility in the joints that can cause difficulties with fine motor control or have difficulty with regular sized keyboards.

Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Students who are little people may have gross motor skill difficulties in their lower bodies and need assistance with reaching pedals, climbing stairs with high steps or walking long distances quickly.

Reach Restriction : A little person may have restricted range of motion and reach requiring assistance with objects put on high shelves or at the back of a lab bench or table.

Service Animal Needs : Little persons may have service animals to help them reach objects or to assist with other physical tasks.

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