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Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndrome | Innovation | Smithsonian Magazine
Erin Farragher, now 16, needed glasses when she was about 20 months old. People with the genetic condition often have unique facial features such as low nose bridges, small ears and wide temple areas. So she began designing them herself. Dellapina started talking to other parents of children with Down syndrome and realized a real need existed for glasses that properly fit. As a single working mother with four kids, two of them toddlers, Dellapina had little time or money to invest into getting the frames made. It was time to start the business.
Spanish girl with Down's syndrome excluded from volleyball team
A year-old girl with Down's syndrome in Spain has been told she cannot play for her team in a national volleyball competition because she is a year older than her teammates. Laia, who has played for the Esplugues Volleyball Club in Barcelona for eight years, is too old to meet the criteria. The rules of the Spanish Volleyball Cup mean she can still participate, but in a team of a different age group.
Erin has Down Syndrome, and Dellapina, who had been a frame buyer and optician, figured she could easily source the smallest, cutest glasses for her toddler. Of the approximately 6, children born in the U. The glasses that are available are uncomfortable, uncool, and, since the optical center tends to be off, not very helpful, vision-wise.