Those who care for family members living with Down syndrome are intimately aware of the daily challenges associated with the disorder. Maria Dellapina, founder and president of Specs4Us, took one of those challenges into her own hands by designing custom glasses to specifically serve her daughter’s needs.
On April 7, Dr. Cynthia Peacock, associate professor of medicine with the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital Transition Medicine Clinic, along with Dellapina and her daughter Erin and son Anthony, participated in a panel at the Women in the World Summit to discuss the invention and its implication for Down syndrome patients.
“It was great to participate in the summit with all these women who are doing fantastic things and understand that you need to be persistent and vocal about your cause,” said Dr. Peacock.
Dr. Peacock also says her experience at the summit inspired her to think more about patient advocacy.
“I took away from the summit that I need to do a better job of advocating for my patients and their parent caregivers. I work with a medically underserved population. They are marginalized and the healthcare system does not address their needs. That has to change.”
Watch the panel from the Women in the World Summit below.
Learn more about the Transition Medicine Clinic.
Visit the Specs4Us website.
-By Nicole Blanton