You probably recognize Bill Klein from TLC's reality show "The Little Couple." He is also an owner of multiple small businesses. On Tuesday, he talked about the challenges he faces as a little person and the importance of including employees with disabilities in the workforce.
"What you bring to the table is different from everyone else, because there's a good shot you have some life experience that no one else is going to bring to the table," says Klein. "So when you look at a person with a disability, look at what they bring to the table, not the way they sat down at the table."
The Naval Surface Warfare Center's Diversity Council Chair Christina Pate organized today's event. She is also a little person and says spreading awareness helps others better understand those with disabilities. "I'm short, there are other people here that are deaf, there are people with sight disabilities, other handicaps, that we all need to be comfortable around, we don't need to treat us like we live in a glass house," says Pate.
Pamela Dorwarth lives in Bay County and is a liaison with the American with Disabilities Act and says she feels everyone has a disability....just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there.
"We lose so many people with disabilities that are physically limiting and you don't realize that doesn't stop the brain or the heart."
This is the second time the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Diversity Council has observed the Disability Awareness month.