A perfect fit for those with Down syndrome
Downs Designs makes clothes tailored to fit people with Down syndrome.
December 11th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

A perfect fit for those with Down syndrome

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) - Karen Bowersox doesn’t sleep much these days. Launching any self-funded clothing line would be exhausting enough, but Bowersox’s company, Downs Designs, created an entirely different system of sizing.

Its T-shirts and jeans meet the needs of people with Down syndrome.

“If I didn’t feel so sure of where we’re headed, I would never do this and risk what we have,” Bowersox said from a hotel room in Xintang, China, where she had been working with a jeans manufacturer. “I feel like a pit bull, because people better step aside and just let me get this job done.”

Bowersox created her company in 2010 to deal with a mundane yet agonizing problem – off-the-rack clothing would not fit her granddaughter, Maggie, who has Down syndrome.

Down syndrome’s best-known symptoms are those of intellectual impairment and facial differences – eyes that slant upwards, small mouths, and small, flat noses. But individuals with Down syndrome also have physical traits that make it difficult to find clothing that fits appropriately.


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December 11th, 2011
05:45 AM ET

Indonesian immigrants targeted for deportation

Two years ago, Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale of The Reformed Church in Highland Park, New Jersey, made an agreement with authorities which allowed a community of Indonesians to live and work legally in the United States. The Indonesians were able to stay and work, but the authorities warned the permission could be revoked.

Kaper-Dale says that more than 70 of the Indonesians recently received deportation warning letters from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stating that they might be deported.

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