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Welcome to CoDA

The Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy (CoDA) was formed to advocate for individuals with short stature (dwarfs) in the areas of medicine, vocation, education, adoption, and public accommodation; and work with and assist other nonprofit organizations for the betterment of the lives of dwarfs, and to increase public awareness of the needs and abilities of such individuals.

 

CoDA is a nonprofit corporation under IRC 501(c)(3) for a public charity under IRC Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi).

CoDA's tax exempt EIN is 20-5397605. 

 

You can help CoDA carry out its mission of assisting people with dwarfism by making a donation.  To donate, click on the Donate button below.  Your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.  All donations are tax deductible. 

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Matt Roloff and Russell Hayes visiting with Iraqi family and their dwarf child in Iraq.  Matt was on a trip arranged by Russell.  Hayes is the father of a dwarf child, a past Chapter Officer in LPA, and is currently serving with the U.S. military in Iraq.  The trip will be featured on an upcoming episode of TLC's Little People, Big World.  For other photos, see Iraq visit page.

 

Little People, Big World, with Matt Roloff returns to TLC on Monday, October 13, 2008.

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Special thanks is extended to Miller Nash, LLP who is pleased to serve as pro bono legal counsel to CoDA. 

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Formation of CoDA
 
The Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy (CoDA) was formed in late 2006 to:
  • Advocate for the full rights and benefits of individuals with short stature (dwarfs), and their families within the public and private sectors of society;
  • Focus its advocacy efforts to advance the rights and benefits of individuals with short stature (dwarfs), in the areas of medicine, vocation, education, adoption, and public accommodation; and
  • Work with and assist other nonprofit organizations for the betterment of the lives of individuals with short stature (dwarfs) and to increase public awareness of the needs and abilities of such individuals.

People of extreme short stature, medically known as dwarfs (also commonly called “little people”), face a myriad of challenges in society today.  Some of the major issues include those dealing with physical and program accessibility, education and health care needs, and discrimination in employment.

It is well known within the disability community and among affected individuals that a great deal of work needs to be done to ensure that dwarfs have equal opportunity and acceptance in all aspects of society.

While some of these needs, to varying degrees, are addressed by some of the existing non-profit organizations and government agencies, a great deal of work still needs to be done.

To address this need, many leaders in the area of dwarfism suggested the formation of an action-oriented organization that could focus on the critically unserved or under-served needs of dwarfs in the U.S.

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