Today is Billy Barty’s birthday, the founder of Little People of America. He would have been 88 years old.
Through humor and respect Billy began to change the way people with dwarfism are viewed. Billy Barty founded LPA in 1957 with 21 members. Today we have 6,800 active members and affiliated organizations in over 28 countries. Through his celebrity, humor and grace Billy educated thousands and paved the way for acceptance of physical diversity within a society that values similarity.