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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  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: December 2, 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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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 6, 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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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 8, 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: December 9, 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.
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  • USOD on the Polar Express
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 10, 2017 - 9:30 pm
    Location: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 7900 Old Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join USOD for a magical journey to the North Pole on Sunday, December 10 at 7pm aboard the Polar Express. Tickets are free for individuals with Ds and discounted to $45 each for up to 4 USOD family members. RSVP to Barb, barbw@usod.org to reserve your tickets.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 11, 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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  • Food, Fit & Fun
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: December 13, 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: December 13, 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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  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: December 16, 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: December 18, 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: December 20, 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: December 20, 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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