Many physical characteristics associated with Down’s Syndrome make it difficult for those diagnosed to wear traditional eyeglasses. Even though more than half of the 6,000 children born with Down’s in the U.S. will need glasses, most available eyeglasses for this group do not fit well. What’s more—they’re usually unattractive.
When Maria Dellapina, a past frame buyer and optician, struggled to find glasses to fit the face of her own daughter with Down Syndrome, she knew that she had to take matters into her own hands. She created a solution with both form and function. With a little help from a $50,000 “Mother of Invention” grant from Toyota, her product is taking off.