Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Downs Designs - Fitting the Downs Syndrome Person

Meet Karen Bowersox and Maggie, her grandchild. Karen started 'Downs Designs' when Maggie, born with Down Syndrome, was 4 and she saw the difficulty she was having with clothes fitting properly. You can read her entire story at her site. Karen prides her company on excellent customer service by offering phone and email consultations, as well as walk-in service at her store in Mentor, Ohio. Best of all is their 'try on service' for jeans: after deciding on size and style of the jean, the company will send you 2 pairs. Identify the one that fits the best, follow the directions to mark the hem. Send them both back and 'Downs Designs' will do the rest. Their other products include tee shirts (long sleeve, three quarter sleeve and short sleeve), capris, and shorts. Their mission is to have people wear comfortable clothing that looks good. Too, clothing that is easy to get on and off.
I ran across this company from another site, 'Apostrophie Magazine'. The magazine is dedicated to those with special needs and has a great section on 'special entrepreneurs' - check it out!! It also has covers a variety of topics from life to entertainment to health & wellness. Make sure to check out the 'Featured Profiles' - see what great things our 'special citizens' are doing to make their part of the world a better place. There is also a great article on a woman from New Mexico who was living in a nursing home for a period of time, then found a way into a group home. She was part of a government task force that was started to get folks like her into supported living. She now can come and go as she needs to and is happy. There are so many great stories here to read. You'll leave smiling!!!

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