When Karen Bowersox’s grandchild was born with Down Syndrome, she noticed how difficult it was to find clothes that fit properly, were comfortable and stylish, and were easy to get on and off. Because individuals have many issues that are unique to their syndrome, most typical clothing does not fit the unique body shape of a person with Down Syndrome. So, she had an idea.
Karen founded Downs Designs Dreams, a special clothing line that provides dressing solutions for people with Down Syndrome and disabilities, with the ultimate goal of encouraging independent dressing and raising awareness. They now have 18 styles of jeans for individuals from ages 2 and up – all of which fit appropriately at the knee, have elastic waistbands with no button or zippers, and contain no tags that can irritate the skin. Karen believes there is a direct link between clothes and self-esteem, and because many children with Down Syndrome are mainstreamed into public schools, they want to fit in and wear clothes like their peers – and now they can.
Downs Design Dream’s most recent initiative, “Adopt-A-Jean,” is where AWB comes in. Every Friday, Downs Design Dreams donates a free pair of jeans to an individual in need. To be considered, individuals must be nominated. So if you have a special person in mind, go here! AWB’s grant will be put towards supporting this program.