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The Roloff Family Little People, Big World Matt Amy Jeremy and Zach Molly and Jacob Matt Roloff Biography • Matt’s dwarfism is the result of the third most common cause of short stature known as diastrophic dysplasia. • Matt stands just over 4 feet tall. • As a child Matt spent a great deal of time in the hospital recuperating from numerous surgeries on his legs because of his diastrophic dysplasia. • While recuperating in the hospital Matt spend a great deal of time daydreaming about what he missed during his childhood. As a result, he established the Roloff farm. It is a 34 acre farm located just outside of Portland, Oregon. The Roloff farm includes attractions such as a Pirate Ship, a Tree House, and a Western Town Matt Roloff Biography • Matt makes use of crutches or a motorized scooter to get around. • Matt founded his own company called Direct Access Solutions intended to assist those afflicted with dwarfism staying at hotels. • Matt belongs to the Little People of America Amy Roloff • Amy is 43 years old and works part-time as a preschool teacher. • Amy’s dwarfism is the result of the most frequently diagnosed cause of short stature, achondroplasia (one per 26,000 to 40,000 births), a genetic condition that results in disproportionately short arms and legs. Amy has not suffered any complications as a result of her dwarfism. • Amy is also an active member of Little People of America Jeremy and Zach Twins • Jeremy and Zach are 16 year old twins • Jeremy is average height • Zach has achondroplasia, like his mother. • Zach has had numerous medical complications including having a shunt placed in his head to drain excess spinal cerebrospinal fluid Molly and Jacob • Molly is 13 years old and is average height • She enjoys playing volleyball • Jacob is 9 years old and the youngest of the Roloff children. • Jacob is average height and enjoys playing soccer on a team coached by his mother. • Achondroplasia is a type of genetic disorder that is a common cause of dwarfism. People with this condidtion have short stature, usually reaching a full adult height of around 4 feet. The average adult male and female heights are 51.8 and 48.6 inches tall. • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a clear bodily fluid that occupies the subarachnoid space in the brain (the space between the skull and the cerebral cortex). It is a very pure saline solution with microglia and acts as a “cushion” or buffer for the cortex http://en.wikipedia.org Assistive Devices • As a result of diastrophic dysplasia, a condition that negatively affects bone and joint structure, Matt must use assistive devices to aid his mobility. Crutches Motorized Scooter Direct Access Solutions • Focuses on mobility and accessibility products for little people. • The key product is the Short Stature Accessibility Kit, a product marketed to hotel chains that provides the tools little people need for a safe hotel room stay. • These products include custom stepstool, reach grabber, closet rod adapter, security latch adapter, and push-pull tool. • Hotels that carry the Short Stature Accessibility Kit include Marriott Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Country Inn and Suites, and Radisson Hotels and Resorts. Mobility and Accessibility Products Closet rod adapter Reach grabber Custom stepstool Push-pull tool Security latch adapter Little People of America www.lpaonline.org/mc/page.do • Little People of America (LPA) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families • LPA provides a variety of resources including medical, discussion, support groups, and events and conferences. • Matt, Amy, and Zach Roloff are members of LPA. Matt has also served as President.
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