Little people convention underway in Mesa

It was a big convention happening in Mesa, and the focus is little people.

The convention includes medical specialists, vendors, and social outings.

17-year-old Britney Blackburn is in her element. Her mother is average height, she is a little person, and both say it brings together a community of support. 

"Honestly it means the world to me because I get to hang out with people, and I don't have to look up," said Britney Blackburn.

The Gilbert High School Senior helped organize the Little People of America Regional Conference at the Phoenix Marriot Mesa.

For four days over 300 people from around the country learned about the various types of dwarfism, see products and services for them, and get the chance to meet other little people.

"We're having a dance tonight; I call it a mini prom," she said.

Britney's mom is the co-chair of the event.

"My dream would be for every single person to know about this organization, how amazing it is, all the love and support there is, and there is no reason to be alone," said Gail Blackburn.

Vendors at the convention are showing off items specifically for little people; an example are pedal extensions that allow little people across the country to drive.

Britney will use those pedals as she gears up to get her license. A small adjustment to reach one life milestone for a teen, like any teen, who cannot wait to drive.

"Even though I'm short, or we are shorter, we are exactly like you," said Britney. 

There are more than 6,000 little people living in the United States.

The convention wraps up on Sunday.
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