"It's different growing up with a disability," she said. "I've seen more jean brand names than faces."
Roloff, best known for her family-based reality TV show, "Little People, Big World," was invited to speak in conjunction with National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day. The lecture was sponsored by Shepherd University Intramurals, intramurals coordinator Keith A. Worrell Jr. said.
Tuesday's snowstorm forced the lecture to be moved to Wednesday.
"Amy was very understanding, very gracious about the change," Worrell said.
"It's typical of what I've faced all my life," said Roloff, who walked the mile from the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center to campus.
In social settings, average-size people can see and talk to each other, Roloff said.
"It's hard for little people and people in wheelchairs to join in their conversation," she said.
Roloff said while growing up she saw everyone as "cookie cutter people," all made with sugar.
"I was peanut butter with nuts, and I wanted to be on that platter," she said.
Roloff said she spent her younger years worrying about her image, saying the right things, trying to blend in.
"Can little people blend in? Come on," she said. "I could not meet that imaginary standard.
"I could never imagine I'd be here speaking today," she said.
The size of a child does not indicate the mind of a child, Roloff said. As a child, she wished she were taller.
"Life is easier when you're big," she said
Roloff said she had to overcome a negative attitude and people's perceptions of her.
"When you're different and you react in a negative way, then they perceive you to be negative," she said. "I was amazed at people's attitudes, what they do, how mean, hateful and hurtful they are because some come in a different package.
"I wanted an opportunity to be in the game of life," she said.
Her parents, two older sisters and younger brother didn't pamper her, Roloff said.