Cara Reedy attributes her resilience to being a “female, black, little person” in an unaccommodating society

Cara Reedy is an actor, writer, comedian, and blogger with achondroplastic dwarfism. She partnered with Digg to create the video below, called The Gift of Being Different, to discuss her experiences and share her insights. Reedy explains that as an individual with dwarfism, “I have to do everything everybody else does, but better. I have to be a better writer, I have to tell better jokes. I have to do everything better because everyone already believes I can’t do it. I’m a female, black, little person. It’s a lot.” Based in New York, Reedy is often out and about, and, as she illustrates in the video, she receives a lot of unsolicited attention from strangers. “Is sex regular? Do you have knees? Have you ever had sex with a regular person?” These are just a few of the ways Reedy’s life is questioned by people she’s often never even met before. Her response: “Do you think I live in a hut? With my six friends? First of all we’re in New York, where would I get a hut?”

Achondroplastic dwarfism is the most common form of dwarfism, occurring once in every 25,000 births. And yet, Reedy says, “It’s like people can’t even believe that I might have a normal life. That I date people, I go to work, I come home, I sit in my sweatpants and eat from a bowl.”

Reedy describes the “gift of being different” as the resilience and determination that she has developed due to living in a society that is often unaccommodating. “You end up, just with this strength,” Reedy states.

To learn more about Cara Reedy, visit her blog Infamously Short.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.