Perceptions of Little people, big world among members of Little People of America
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This paper examines the extent to which members of Little People of America perceive The Learning Channel's Little People, Big World as a positive, realistic representation of dwarfism. The literature review discusses various communication theories and their applications in social research, and the recent use of the media to create positive, realistic perceptions of people with physical differences and different abilities. Research measures the impact of Little People, Big World, a series that portrays the unique experiences of people with dwarfism. This study uses a quantitative survey of current members of Little People of America. Research questions examine the effect of Little People, Big World on levels of involvement in the organization, and the perceived realism and evaluation of the series by Little People of America members. The survey also collects data regarding what types of media are most effective in creating positive perceptions of individuals and families with dwarfism.