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Gary Arnold
Gary Arnold is president of Little People of America, a national membership organization for people with dwarfism. He lives in Chicago, where he works for Access Living, a disability rights and service organization.

Entries by Gary Arnold

Who Is to Say What Is Wrong and Right

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 3:23 PM

On a Saturday morning in June, my wife and I sat with my brother and his wife in a set of bleachers beside an outdoor pool, cheering on my two nieces as they raced in a neighborhood swim meet. At some point, my sister-in-law noticed a young boy amongst the...

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With Honors -- High School Graduate Excels During His Senior Year and Looks Ahead to College

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Saturday, March 16 was a rainy, chilly and windy day in Chicago. Though unpleasant, the weather didn't stop Michael Bucci and hundreds of others from competing in the Annual St. Paddy's Day 5K Run in Lincoln Park. The St. Paddy's Day event was his first 5K. Michael started training in...

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Time Is Now for U.S. to Support International Disability Rights

(3) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 10:28 AM

Monday, December 3 is recognized around the world as International Day of People with Disabilities. Sanctioned by the United Nations two decades ago, the day "aims to promote an understanding of people with disabilities and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being." While the anniversary typically doesn't...

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Awareness Paves the Way for Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 5:05 PM

There are an estimated 30,000 people with dwarfism in the United States. For the most part, the lives of people with dwarfism mirror the lives of people in the broader community. We go to school and we secure jobs as administrative assistants, accountants, teachers, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and...

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Cubs Fan Jumps on Oriole Bandwagon

(4) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 3:00 PM

By 1979, when I was nine years old, I had made at least three trips to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. I went once for back treatment, and twice, if not three times, for procedures related to my bowed legs, common among people with my type of dwarfism. During...

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O'Donnell Apology Fails to Gain Traction With Little People

(7) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 8:35 AM

On Feb. 29, many people with dwarfism gathered around their television sets to watch an interview on The Rosie Show between Rosie O'Donnell and Chris Errera. Errera, who is a little person, was invited on the show to talk with O'Donnell about her Feb. 8 show, which included a conversation...

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Step Up to the Microphone, Rosie O'Donnell

(88) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 3:52 PM

The best roles on television for people of short stature are those in which dwarfism takes a back seat. In the new show, Are You There, Chelsea? Mark Povinelli plays Todd, a supporting character on the show who works at a sports bar. I've watched only two episodes, but, compared...

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