From: McGrath Edward J <Edward.McGrath**At_Symbol_Here**REDCLAY.K12.DE.US>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Student with dwarfism condition (achondroplasia)
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:58:29 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
Message-ID: BN3PR03MB13846907A17038DDDB79362096390**At_Symbol_Here**

Good afternoon:


My son has achondroplasia, and we found that Little People of America ( has been a wealth of information for all kinds of issues related to his condition.  At the age of 26 years old, he is 4'2".  My son didn't study science beyond high school chemistry (his school had a lab bench of a suitable height for him), but Little People of America has information about many aspects of life for those of short stature.  By the same token, anything you find that would assist your student that you could share with Little People of America would be welcomed and shared for others.


Eddie McGrath


Edward J. McGrath

Supervisor of Science

Red Clay Consolidated School District

1502 Spruce Avenue

Wilmington, DE  19805


(302) 552-3768


We did not inherit the Earth from our parents.  We borrowed it from our children.


From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU> On Behalf Of Margaret Rakas
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2018 10:06 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Student with dwarfism condition (achondroplasia)


Good morning,


We have a student with achondroplasia who will be working in a biology lab with small amounts of chemicals (typically ethidium bromide, alcohols) and while they may occasionally need to use a fume hood, most of the work will occur on the benchtop (various bench heights, for standing and sitting, not necessarily knee cutouts on all of them).  


This condition typically results in a normal-sized trunk but the individual has shortened arms and legs and typically is between 4 ft 1 inch and 4 ft 4 inches.  


We will need to get some sort of step stool and plan to involve the student in choosing one that works best for them.  Is there a better supplier than Grainger?  The lab is older, not necessarily ADA compliant in all sections (I am thinking width between benches) and what I really don't want to suggest is one of the 'industrial" them to be on something that may not be safe..


Also, are there any other issues we need to be on the watch for?  I am not sure how much lab experience the student has had...


Many thanks, really appreciate any recommendations from those of you who have dealt with this type of accommodation previously.




Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
413-585-3877 (p)

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