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


November  2017
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 1, 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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  • Signing Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 3, 2017 - 11:00 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds ages newborn to 5 are invited to learn the basics of sign language on Fridays, 10am at the USOD office from October 13 to November 17. Cost is $60 for the 6-week session or $12 per drop-in class.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 4, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to learn tennis skills in a supported environment. USOD proudly supports Buddy Up Tennis. Cost is $15 per clinic. Register and learn more at buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: November 4, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Location: FoxCreek Golf & Racquet Club, 5445 Beavercrest Dr, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: USOD proudly supports Buddy Up Tennis. Session are $15 each. Register or learn more at http://buddyuptennis.com/
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  • Mind Body Soul at Dirty Dancing
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: November 7, 2017 - 9:30 pm
    Location: Edwin J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St, Akron, OH 44325, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 16 and older, are invited to join the Mind Body Soul group on Tuesday, November 7 for the 7:30pm performance of Dirty Dancing at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron. Tickets are free for individuals with Ds and $53 for family members. Contact Linda, linda@usod.org to reserve your tickets.
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  • Food, Fit & Fun
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 8, 2017 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Bryant & Stratton College, 35350 Curtis Blvd, Eastlake, OH 44095, USA
    Description: Food, Fit & Fun is a new program targeted for individuals with Ds, ages 14 and up. Activities will include an easy-to-make healthy recipe, an exercise routine, an art project and a self-esteem/social skills boosting activity each session. RSVP to Laurie, 216.447.8763 x102 or lauriek@usod.org.
  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 8, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: TWIISTED Burgers & Sushi, 985 Boardman Alley, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: Take a night off from the kids and meet up with USOD parents to share ideas over coffee. Text your RSVP to Kelly at 330.416.3776 or kelly@twiisted.com.
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  • Parent Speaker Series
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 9, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Come hear from SLP therapist Mary Padula on the Down Syndrome & Autism Connection: Research and Therapy Approaches. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Signing Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 10, 2017 - 11:00 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds ages newborn to 5 are invited to learn the basics of sign language on Fridays, 10am at the USOD office from October 13 to November 17. Cost is $60 for the 6-week session or $12 per drop-in class.
  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 10, 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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  • Buddy Up Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to learn tennis skills in a supported environment. USOD proudly supports Buddy Up Tennis. Cost is $15 per clinic. Register and learn more at buddyuptennis.com.
  • Mind Body Soul - Fall Dance
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 11, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Elmwood Recreation Center, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 16 and older, are invited to wear your best dress clothes and join us for food, dancing and fun. Cost is $10 per person. Drop-off permitted for this event. RSVP to Linda, 216.447.8763 x150 or linda@usod.org.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 13, 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.
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  • Mind Body Soul - Get Crafty
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 16, 2017 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 16 and older, are invited to join MBS on October 19 & November 16 from 6-8pm at the USOD office. Get crafty making ornaments that will be sold in our Artful 21 Gift Shop during the holiday season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a special event for Mind Body Soul participants! Space limited to 10 participants. RSVP to Linda at linda@usod.org
  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 16, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Bring the kids to play while parents get a chance to chat. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Signing Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 17, 2017 - 11:00 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds ages newborn to 5 are invited to learn the basics of sign language on Fridays, 10am at the USOD office from October 13 to November 17. Cost is $60 for the 6-week session or $12 per drop-in class.
  • Akron Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 17, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 2855 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Take a night off from the kids and meet up with parents for idea sharing. Come to discuss plans for future events in the Akron area. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 18, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to learn tennis skills in a supported environment. USOD proudly supports Buddy Up Tennis. Cost is $15 per clinic. Register and learn more at buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: November 18, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Location: FoxCreek Golf & Racquet Club, 5445 Beavercrest Dr, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: USOD proudly supports Buddy Up Tennis. Session are $15 each. Register or learn more at http://buddyuptennis.com/
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 20, 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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  • The Learning Groove
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 29, 2017 - 6:15 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Classes are designed to nurture development and help children learn. Children (newborn to 5) and parents will sing, dance, play instruments and more in each class. Try our demo class for $20. Demo class offered on 10/25, 11/29 & 12/20. RSVP required to 440.230.6100 x700.
  • PASS Class
    Starts: 6:15 pm
    Ends: November 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Group lessons for Performing Arts & Social Skills (PASS) will target socialization and daily social routines. Try a demo class for $20 on 10/25, 11/29 & 12/20 from 6:15-7pm led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Beyond Words. RSVP required to 440.230.6100 x700.
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