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Little People of Korean achondroplasia

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   Welcome to visiting LPK (Little People of Korean achondroplasia)

 History

There have been a few little people historically this nation however no recods has shown any little people created a historic change for the 5,000 years Korean history. What does it means? Certainly these little people may not have had such a chance to compete average people. In year of '1999, a father in Seoul whose son has dwarfism started a homepage (http://www.geocities.com/smallkorean) to exchange educational experience. A few months later, 4 little brothers in Daegu city started to make another web site of LPK, sponsored by Dr. H.R. Song (Kyungsang Univ. hospital in Jinju) and Dr.H.J.Kim (Ahju Univ. hospital in Suwon). Both movements allowed a first meeting in Korean history at Kyungsang Univ. hospital on 26 Dec '2000 and the formal establishment has been done since the 2nd meeting at Ahju Univ. hospital on 23 Feb '2001. Total approx. 50 families are registered in this association however ,in the end of July 2001, Hwang's brothers,Dr.Kim and Dr. Song left to establish a new LPK organization when most of family staff  strongly objected the sponsor doctors' direct control with another intention. Current LPK ,here site with apprx. 40 families of Acondroplasia, however, will continuously play our role for dwarfism children in Korea.

Around the end of October’2001, we published the first “Introduction book for LPK -  We are able to contribute to this society”.  In addition to this, we held " the first  festival of the small boys” in Seoul on 5th Nov’2001.

In the year of 2002, we have produced some custom built furniture for our small Koreans such as pillow, footstool, stepladder and chair with footstool. We keep regular meeting 2-3times a year. In the first meeting, 22nd Feb., of the year of 2003, Dr. Jinsung  Lee (Severance hospital, Sinchon, Seoul) made a presentation for ilizarov opration for achondroplasia for the first time.

Since the beginning of 2003, LPK has taken an active part in DDASK (Disability Discrimination Acts Solidarity in Korea) and was elected for a permanent member of performance committee of DDASK on July 2004.

As of 1 July 2003, per our strong request, Korean Government finally recognized the short stature as a handicapped person and added Achodroplasia into hadicapped list.

Since Oct 2003, LPK has been contirbuting to an important roll of association for handicapped persons' auto driving right ,who proceeds unconstitutionality suit against Discrimination.

As of 1 Jan 2004, Government accepted LPK's reasonable claim which requested reduction of medical expense for achodroplasians.

As of 1 Jan 2008, there are about 150 families registered and the 8th assembly was held on 23rd Feb 2008 in Seoul with 49 families. We sincerely hope to communicate with worldwide achodroplasia families anytime.

 

Organization

executive of family

Mr. Dongwon Kim

Ms. Youngnym Song

Ms. Youngja Kim

Representative & President

General affair

General affair vice

Ms. Eunah Kim

Mr. Hyuk Seomoon

 

 

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contact: kwangrhm@dreamwiz.com  

address: Dong Won KIM, AIDATA KOREA, 45, YANGPYUNG-Dong 3 Ga, YOUNGDUNGPO-Gu, Seoul, 150-073, Korea.

 

 

 

 

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