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Our love and thoughts are with our members and supporters and, of course, the many families and communities affected by last night's horrific attack in Manchester. ...

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ICYMI: We've moved! Please note our new address: The Restricted Growth Association (RGA UK) PO Box 88 PRESTEIGNE LD1 9BL ...

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What's that, coming over the hill? Is it a MEGA WEEKEND? Our best and biggest event of the year: October 26-29 2017, at the beautiful Woodland Grange hotel (we have exclusive use, btw) near Leamington Spa, and will be jammed full of fun activities, informative workshops, and opportunities to forge new friendships and rekindle old ones. Put it in your diary! ...

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"What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?"

"I once used the word ‘antidisestablishmentarianism’, in the correct context, on BBC Question Time."

Continuing our series of interviews with role models in the dwarfism community, we spoke to Tom Shakespeare, Professor of Disability Research and radio show presenter. Have a look!

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Wowzers! Delighted to learn Amber Lee Dodd's 'We Are Giants' - one of our #SpreadTheWord books - is up for the Branford Boase award, given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children. Books like W.A.G. are vital to introducing children to positive and realistic depictions of #dwarfism. rgauk.org/rga-uk-ground-breaking-childrens-authors-urge-libraries-help-combat-dwarfism-stereotypes ...

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Can you help? We urging libraries to do their bit to combat #dwarfism stereotypes by stocking books showing people of restricted growth in a positive light. Please take five minutes to copy and paste our email and send it to your local library - which you can find here, along with the email. Let's go and smash some stereotypes! #TeamRGA #Hopeful #Unstoppable #Fearless

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We've moved! Please note our new address:
The Restricted Growth Association (RGA UK)
PO Box 88
PRESTEIGNE
LD1 9BL
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"If you could pass on one piece of advice to your teenage self what would it be?" "Being short is part of you, don’t resent it nor obsess about it. Do what you want to do."

Continuing our interviews with role models in the #dwarfism community, we speak with Simon Minity - trainer, consultant, comedy producer. Check it out.

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Some relaxing Sunday listening for our wonderful members and supporters: Michel Petrucciani was a world-renowned Jazz pianist. He also had dwarfism!

Have a listen. www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nrfble63cE
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“What you see is what you get. There’s no hiding being small. However I wouldn’t want to be born any other way... I may want to change the way that the outside world reacts to my difference but I’m fine being little.”

Check out the second of our new interview series – showcasing role models and figureheads in the #dwarfism community. Earlier, we spoke with Becky Curran, international motivational speaker, advocate, and consultant. Here’s what she had to say.

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Happy Friday! Look what our friends across the ocean sent us for our #SpreadTheWord campaign! We want #libraries to help combat stereotypes by promoting books that positively portray #dwarfism. Why not cut and paste our template email and ask your local library to take part? rgauk.org/spread-word-template-tweets-facebook-posts-emails-libraries #SpreadTheWord ...

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What am I doing in October, you ask? Coming to the wicked RGA UK Mega Weekend, of course! #Obvs. Details to follow! Date for your diary! ...

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We do too, Candace. And we won't stop until we make it happen. Together, we are #fearless, #hopeful, #supportive, #empowering, and #unstoppable. We are #TeamRGA. Share if you are too. ...

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Love this. #MondayMotivation ...

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Thank you Atlanta Drummond for an amazing achievement and all your hard work for us! We are extremely happy to have such a positive supporter! #TeamRGAUK ...

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It's #LondonMarathon time! We're so grateful to Atlanta who's representing #TeamRGA! She's nearly at her £ target! Without the drive of people like her, and the generosity of those who've donated, we couldn't do what we do - work to make this country a better place for people with #dwarfism.

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Q: "What would you tell your younger self?"

A: "Don't be phased by men who tell me I’m bossy or angry, but use the anger to fuel me forward."

Read the first in our new series of role model interviews, conducted with leading figures in the dwarfism community. Earlier this week, we spoke with Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director of the National Disability Council in the USA.

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Be the change you want to see in the world! #TeamRGA's Rhonda talking to pupils at St Joseph's in the Park Independent Nursery and Prep School. Go Rhonda! Hope others will follow your example... ...

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Two weeks ago one of our young people said: RGA UK "is like a family". We couldn't agree more. Thank you to all our wonderful supporters and members. You are all #TeamRGA #MightyMightyRGA ...

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"Then one of the chaps tells that he's off on a stag do in Benidorm, and him and his mates have clubbed money together to pay for a dwarf male to be chained to the groom-to-be for three whole days."

The following is a personal message, shared with permission from our Chair. We've decided to share it because it is, sadly, further evidence of why we must confront prejudice whenever we encounter it and never shy away from challenging discrimination, so that we can make this world a better place for our children.

"So after a few years I finally manage to get the hubs to join my health club ONE day ago. Today he goes for a swim, me to the gym and then we meet up after. I'm greeted by Stephen with "Well I just nearly had a punch up in the sauna", to which you can imagine my heart sank and I said "What!?" read on if you want to know why...

Knowing nobody, Stephen is in the sauna with a mixed bunch of blokes and a couple of ladies chatting about holidays, hen and stag do's.. cost etc. Then one of the chaps tells that hes off on a stag do in Benidorm, and him and his mates have clubbed money together to pay for a dwarf male to be chained to the groom-to-be for three whole days. Stephen being the honest and open creature that he is, asked, do you think that's an appropriate reasonable thing to do? Would you chain a guy in a wheel chair or a person with cerebral palsy to him?"
"You do realise that you're discriminating against people with a disability for your own amusement?"

The chap in question in denial, started to profusely swear and get angry, offering to take it outside so he could punch the hubster. Thankfully Stephen stayed put and said "so resorting to punching me is your answer to my question?".At which point "Bob" was escorted out of the sauna by his two friends.

A short while later, the friends came back and apologised and said to Steve "you are right, it's just the way society is these days.

Bob later also approached him and apologised, saying it was out of character for him.

And I now believe it will very quickly be public knowledge in my health club who Stephen is married to.

Sad though that the conclusion is 'that's just the way society is these days.
#proud
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Imagine your child in a #library and finding books that accurately and positively portrayed dwarfism: no myths, no fables, just real. You can help make it happen. Email your local library today. #SpreadTheWord

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Whoop whoop! Chuka Umunna MP is supporting our #SpreadTheWord campaign to get libraries to stock books that positively portray people with dwarfism. Why not write to your MP and ask them to do the same?

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Can you help? We're asking supporters to urge their local library to combat #dwarfism stereotypes by stocking books that positively depict people of restricted growth! Find out how to contact your local library, using our template email for you to cut and paste, via the link below. Join #TeamRGA and help us #SpreadTheWord

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Still recovering from our fantastic Young People's weekend. A wonderful whirlwind of friendships forming, team spirit, and outdoor activities. We take heart in what we see in the next generation. #TeamRGA #unstoppable #hopeful #empowering ...

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Can't believe our Young People's weekend is over already! Firm friendships made or rekindled but goodbyes are always the hardest... #NextGenerationTeamRGA ...

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