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Posted on 5 April 2007

My name is Lee Yan Teck. I have two boys born in 1996 and 1999. My elder son was born with achondroplasia - a form of dwarfism. In United States, short-statured people are sometimes referred to as "Little People". I have obtained very useful materials and advices from an American social organisation Little People of America, Inc. (LPA). You can also visit their web site at http://www.lpaonline.org

We would like to meet up with parents, children, young and old who are born with similar medical conditions. We have gone through a lot of self-searching and many agonising periods of depression and stress even before Ci En was born. We learned to accept his condition and our responsibility in bringing him up. Today, he is a happy, confident little chap who has brought the family closer together and feeling none the worse for himself. Relatives and friends have, through interacting with him, not only gave wonderful support, many have gained a lot in appreciating their blessings through knowing him.

For the future, when Ci En grows up and become more aware of the practical realities of the world he is living in, his best support, we believe, would come from knowing he is not alone. There are genuine friends in similar conditions who do not need to be deprived of any joy in this life.

We can share a little. Learn a little. Who knows..... over time a support group was set up. I believe that Ci En would be delighted to meet new friends. Maybe in their growing years they will find companionship as well as ways to accept their disabilities and recognise in a very special way, their own special place in society.

Interested? Contact us at email : Parents_of_littlepeople@yahoogroups.com and visit us at the following website : http://asia.groups.yahoo.com/group/Parents_of_littlepeople/

Ci En with his friends, Charlotte and Shaianne, and their parents.

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