Little people switch to online classes due to poor accessibility on campuses (includes video story)

For many little people, getting around a large university isn’t the easiest task. Some even have to transition to online classes due to mobility issues. 

Most schools are equipped with accommodations that help people who are blind or deaf. But it’s different for those with dwarfism. Many wish for lower sinks in bathrooms, lower door handles and better transportation services between classes.

Wildine Aumoithe is an influencer and content creator. She also currently holds the Guinness World Record for the shortest, non-mobile woman. Wildine attends Liberty University online out of concern that her electric wheelchair will get damaged. 

“For someone that’s a little person that uses a power wheelchair, I think they should have the classes close by and not so far away,” said Aumoithe. 

Martha Wong, the associate director at Florida International University’s Disability Resource Center, works to enhance accessibility for individuals like Wildine. 

“We’re working very closely together and very hard to make sure that we’re being as exclusive and as accessible as possible,” said Wong.  

Laura Palfrey is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in digital communication and media. After graduation, Laura hopes to pursue a television career as an NBC producer. She also enjoys photography, traveling, and watching movies.

Sheetal Bahadursingh is a Digital Communication and Media student at FIU. She was born and raised in South Florida and has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. She has a passion for photography and enjoys editing video footage from her travels, crafting them into captivating travel documentaries. She has a creative eye for producing and editing videos and aspires to work behind the scenes in the news industry.

Jasmine Arocha is a student at Florida International University majoring in Digital TV and Multimedia Production. She was born and raised in Miami and has a creative eye for producing and editing videos. In the future, she hopes to work behind the scenes for the news.