About Us
About Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic condition resulting from the presence of all or a partial extra copy of chromosome 21 – individuals with Down syndrome have 47 instead of the usual 46 chromosomes.  This additional genetic material alters development and causes the physical characteristics associated with Down syndrome.  …more

New & Expectant Parents
New & Expectant Parents

You can count on the Up Side of Downs to be supportive, informative and there for your family. As we grow as a community, we hope you will be involved in our many activities and services. Families take great comfort in sharing and talking with other families, and the USOD is proud to make these connections happen.  …more

Support Groups
Support Groups

One of the best ways to meet other parents is to get involved with the Up Side of Downs Family Support Groups. These groups can provide you with an excellent forum for sharing your feelings and concerns as a new parent, and an opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who have been in your shoes.  …more


January  2017
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 4, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Toth's Place, 6966 Heisley Rd Mentor, OH 44060
    Description: Adults with Down syndrome are invited for a night of fun & friendship.
    $5 per person includes dinner.
    For more info, contact Rae at 440.944.8852 or kinnaird2@sbcglobal.net.
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  • Bowling Buddies - Solon
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - N. Canton
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds can bowl up to 2 games for FREE! Contact Sharon at systone@sbcglobal.net for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - Lakewood
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Madison-Square Lanes, 1653 Westwood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Anne at waters.annie1@gmail.com for more info.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: January 9, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 9, 2017 - 11:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
  • Akron Family Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 9, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 3rd St, Cuyahoga Falls;
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Parents of Adults with DS
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 10, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Up Side of Downs, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 12, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • Mind Body Soul - Healthy Start
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 16+, are invited to
    try healthy foods and have fun; rsvp to Linda, linda@usod.org.
  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: January 16, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 16, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: North Olmsted Library, 27403 Lorain Rd, N Olmsted, OH 44070
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Toilet Training Strategies
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 17, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: USOD Office
    Description: Learn tstrategies for potty training from Meghan Neluna of CCBDD. RSVP to Gina at gina@usod.org.
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  • D.A.D.S Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 19, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Akron - Fairlawn, 3150 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44333, United States
    Description: RSVP to Sam at 330.338.2465 or slawhorn82@gmail.com.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: January 21, 2017 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Towpath Tennis Center, 2108 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD. For more info: http://buddyuptennis.com/buddy-up-location-akron-ohio/
  • Artful Adventures
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: January 21, 2017 - 3:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office
    Description: Middle school age individuals with Ds are invited to join us for this fun NEW program that will focus on Music, Cooking, Nature & Art. Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
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  • Bowling Buddies - N. Canton
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds can bowl up to 2 games for FREE! Contact Sharon at systone@sbcglobal.net for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - Lakewood
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Madison-Square Lanes, 1653 Westwood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Anne at waters.annie1@gmail.com for more info.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: January 23, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
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  • Slamming Saturday Wrestling
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: January 29, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: Elwood Rec Gym, Pete Wisnewski Way, Independence, OH
    Description: Doors open 6pm, belltime at 7pm; Elmwood Rec Gym,
    Independence; Live pro wrestling benefit to raise awareness for
    Ds; Advance tickets on sale at 302.420.7287; for more info contact
    Barb, 216.447.8763 or barbw@usod.org.
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: January 28, 2017 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Towpath Tennis Center, 2108 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD. For more info: http://buddyuptennis.com/buddy-up-location-akron-ohio/
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: January 28, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Location: FoxCreek Golf & Racquet Club, 5445 Beavercrest Dr, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD. For more info: http://buddyuptennis.com/buddy-up-location-cleveland-ohio/
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  • Bowling Buddies - Solon
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: January 30, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
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