Friday, December 23, 2011

What to give your doctor for Christmas

This press release just came out announcing a wonderful booklet on Down syndrome which you can get for FREE for your healthcare professional. I have a copy of the patient version, it has lovely photos of children with Down syndrome doing all sorts of things, and although it mentions 'termination' as a option, it warns the mother that those who abort often suffer traumatic stress afterward. It is written in English and Spanish and can be purchased for $15 for patients, and obtained for free by doctors.

Nationally Recommended Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis Booklets Available Free to Medical Providers

Atlanta, GA, December 23, 2011 --( This week, Canister launched a revamped Lettercase program to distribute free copies of "Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis" to medical providers nationwide. The booklets, authored by Stephanie Meredith, were created with input from representatives of the national medical organizations, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Medical Genetics, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and the national Down syndrome organizations.

The booklet contains accurate, up-to-date, and balanced prenatal information about Down syndrome for patients learning about a prenatal diagnosis from their physician. The booklet covers available health and education services, common medical conditions for babies with Down syndrome, information about pregnancy options, and helpful resources about the condition. The booklet also includes a Spanish translation and has been optimized for different reading levels.

Practicing medical providers who are involved in delivering Down syndrome diagnoses are eligible for a free copy of the booklet at, and medical facilities may also purchase additional copies as needed. The philanthropic program is funded exclusively by the creators of the booklet, Canister, a small design studio in Atlanta, GA.

Justin Meredith, the owner of Canister, explained, "We created these booklets four years ago to fill a void of resources for expectant parents learning about a Down syndrome diagnosis. Since that time, we have distributed nearly 20,000 booklets and been fortunate enough to receive feedback and assistance from representatives of the national medical and Down syndrome organizations. The medical professionals have always been the keystone of our program, so we've dedicated our professional skill and funding capacity to make this resource available to them."

Other philanthropic work by Canister includes the Rose Pedal cystic fibrosis cycling event, TEDx Salt Lake City, art museums,, and breast cancer and leukemia resources

Justin Meredith