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About Us

Who We Are

Circle 21 was incorporated in 2012 as a non-profit organization.

Circle 21 was co-founded by Karen Meredith and Leslie Diening, Moms to 4 children each, both working full time and each with their youngest child surprising them by being born with Down syndrome.

Within 6 months of their children being born, Leslie and Karen had independently done a lot of research on Down syndrome using the internet, books and leveraging what resources they could find locally. When they were introduced to one another by a forward thinking Doctor, they compared notes. They found that they were both on journey to rapidly learn about global best practices related to Down syndrome. Both felt strongly about giving access to this type of quality information to the extended community. Why make others reinvent the wheel?