How short is legally handicapped?


Quick Answer

A person must be 4 feet 10 inches or shorter to be considered legally handicapped. Anyone this height or shorter is considered to have the genetic condition called dwarfism.

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How short is legally handicapped?
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The average height of people with dwarfism is 4 feet, but heights can range from 2 feet 8 inches to 4 feet 8 inches. Achondroplasia is a type of dwarfism that causes a person to have disproportionately short arms and legs. When a dwarf has arms, legs, a trunk and a head that are proportionate, his condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance. Proportionate dwarfism can be treated medically and can result in the person attaining an average or near-average height.

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