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[Jonathan Novick – Don’t Look Down On Me]
Don’t Look Down on Me
[(Video Clip) Jon As A Child:] “Woooo….Daddy…here I am, dad, here I am.”
[Dad:] Yeah, there you are.
[Jonathan Novick:] Source: LYBIO.net
I don’t think there is a certain point in anyone’s life where they grow up. I think that we are growing up all the time and we always will be. My name is Jon Novick, I’m 22 years old and I’m a dwarf with achondroplasia.
Before I was even born, my mother studies genetics in graduate school; specifically she had interest in achondroplastic dwarfism that she did a study on.
Achondroplastic dwarfism is the kind of dwarfism that I have. So when I was born, she had a lot of extra information and she had a lot of books to help her parent me. The definition for dwarfism is the abnormal underdevelopment of the body, characterized predominantly by extreme shortness of stature. Now there is a lot of different kinds of dwarfism as I mentioned before and the most common kind is the type that I have which is achondroplasia.
Achondroplasia is characterized by disproportionately short limbs, a normal size torso, large head and with a depressed nasal bridge. Right here, small face and stubby hands as well as the curvature of the spine. The term is dwarf of a little person. One or the other is totally fine, just not midget, a lot of times midget is thrown around as the term to describe someone who has dwarfism and not only is that incorrect but it’s incredibly offensive.
I moved to New York City about a year ago, and although I consider it ultimately a good experience, it was made a lot more different because of my dwarfism.
I grew up in a small town and I would have you know negative encounters every now and then, but for the most part I had friends and I had family who supported me. School wasn’t a nightmare and I just was able to have a pretty average childhood.
A year ago when I moved to city, I noticed that there was a lot of people, there was a lot a lot of people and because of that I had a lot of encounters, I would have people [who] take pictures of me on the subway, I would have people that would harass me and just all of these things, all of these almost daily occurrences and that would continue happening, continue happening until I got to a point where I just got fed up with it. I wanted to stop telling people what happened to me and I wanted to start showing people what happened to me. I wanted to show everyone, what a day in my life was like.
[Jonathan Novick:] Source: LYBIO.net
I was fortunate enough to be able to this camera which is actually known as a button camera because the lens I’m going to be using is so tiny; it has a button cover up that I’m going to slipping through a shirt that will be completely unnoticeable. So we are all packed up, camera is already in going, I’m going to turn it on right now, its rolling and we are going to go see what we can capture, uh, so lets head out.
“What is he?!”
Bro have you been on TV?
I have not.
You know who you look like?
Have you ever seen that show, Little People, Big World. [Zack Roloff].
Yeah. You look like his son man.
And why is that – I just do, do you see a lot of little people?
Man I’m from Oklahoma.
“Little midget! Big man, big penis.”
What? What he say?
“HEY SHORT STUFF”
Man I hope I didn’t offend you.
Oh, no, no it’s okay. I know I appreciate that. No its fine.
Can I get your picture?
You have been in one of the show of the little people?
Not that I know of. No I’m not.
Oh you look like that coolest guy.
I don’t want to tell anyone what to do or what to think, or how to feel, but instead what I’ll do is I’ll ask. I’ll ask that the next time you see someone who is different than you, think about what their day might be like, think about all the events of their life leading up to that point, then think about their day and think about what part of their day do you want to be.
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