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


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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 2, 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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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 3, 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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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 8, 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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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 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.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 10, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • Transition Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 11, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Genesis Building Ltd, 6000 Lombardo Center, Ste 100, Seven Hills, OH, United States
    Description: Transition Bootcamp is intended to provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. This 6-part series is your one-stop shop for all things transition! Print the Transition Boosters flyer for full details and rsvp info.
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 12, 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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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 15, 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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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 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.
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  • D.A.D.S Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 18, 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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  • Dream Days Terminal Tower Tour
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: May 20, 2017 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Terminal Tower, 848 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
    Description: High above the skyline of Downtown Cleveland stands the Terminal Tower, which contains a 360 degree viewing area at the top of the skyscraper. Participants will share lunch with an incredible view! Pack your lunch to eat on the observation deck. RSVP to Barb, barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: May 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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  • Akron Family Play Group
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: May 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 3rd St, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221, USA
    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: May 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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