Learning About Dwarfism at Landmark
My name is Taylor Nault. I am a junior at Landmark High School and I was born with Achondroplasia, which is a form of Dwarfism. This is my seventh year being a part of the Landmark community. It was hard at first to adapt, because I was the only person here with Dwarfism. However, I have overcome this by learning to self advocate and make friends that accept my disability.
Since getting my license, I have been able to drive to school using extension pedals, which are metal attachments that clamp on to the regular pedals. Before this, I used to commute by train. I am also very involved in Landmark’s community service. I have volunteered during Saturday school and after school to help the community. I have participated in the electronic recycling drive at School and at Lifebridge Homeless Shelter by making blankets and preparing dinner for people in need. I have also been asked to take part in the service learning trip to Jamaica this spring where we will spend time at an orphanage and a school.
This year, I introduced Dwarfism Awareness Month to Landmark and worked with the student council to raise money to support Little People of America, a nonprofit organization that provides support and awareness to people of short stature, their families, and healthcare professionals. To help the Landmark community better understand Dwarfism, I also gave a presentation to high school faculty, staff, and students this fall.