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Like many parents of children with Down syndrome, Maria Dellapina had trouble finding eyeglass frames that would properly fit her daughter. Unlike many of those parents, she's an optician and could do something about it. Dellapina designs and sells frames made to accommodate the special needs of children with DS.

Her Specs For Us site offers this description of the "Erin's World" frame line: "Unlike other frames, the bridge is adjusted to fit on their smaller noses and the temples (some people call them arms) are designed to help keep the glasses from constantly slipping." On the site, you can view the different styles and colors and order them; read a FAQ about what makes them special and how to get them filled with your child's perscription; and see before-and-after photos of kids who no longer have to strain to peer through specs that slide down their noses.

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June 23, 2008 at 6:45 pm
(1) Nan Mitch says:

Maria is also a person of the highest compassion and integrity, so her designs reflect that. Not “just” a business person, or an inventor, but a mom, a friend, an angel to anyone who may be in need, these glasses are a God send!

June 24, 2008 at 10:44 am
(2) Lindsey says:

Congratulations on getting featured in this article! Way to go! This is a great product for those who have DS. Way to go!

July 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm
(3) Terri Dellapina says:

When I first saw my Niece Erin we all knew she was an angel gift from above and with that comes a special mission. My sister recognized Erins mission here on earth and is now able to share that with the world. Behold ERIN’s WORLD through SPECS 4 US !

February 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(4) Bill Curran says:

Hello, my name is Bill Curran and I am the owner of William J. Curran and Son Opticians. Ten years ago we designed the first extremely light weight and flexible rimless frame for kids. We recently redesigned this frame to meet the needs of a child with Down Syndrome.
Most parents are unhappy when they take their child to other Opticians because the child is getting a frame that is not customized to their facial needs. We understand children with Down Syndrome have a chronic problem with their frame sitting too low and their eyelashes and cheeks touching the lenses, which is why a lot of frames do not work. This frame not only fits perfectly but also looks terrific which makes for a happy child and thrilled parents.

William J. Curran and Son Opticians presently supply all the eyewear to the young men at the Don Guanella School (Cardinal Krol Center)

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