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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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 3, 2016 - 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-East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 7, 2016 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, United States
    Description: Up to 2 games free for individuals with Down syndrome. For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies-West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 7, 2016 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Buckeye Lanes, 24488 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070, United States
    Description: Up to 2 games free for individuals with Down syndrome. For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 8, 2016 - 11:30 am
    Location: USOD Office - 4807 Rockside Rd Cleveland, OH 44131
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
  • Akron Family Play Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 8, 2016 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road, Stow, OH 44224, United States
    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: February 9, 2016 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Up Side of Downs, 4807 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, 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: February 11, 2016 - 9:00 pm
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 12, 2016 - 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: February 15, 2016 - 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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  • D.A.D.S Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 18, 2016 - 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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  • Bowling Buddies-West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Buckeye Lanes, 24488 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070, United States
    Description: Up to 2 games free for individuals with Down syndrome. For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies-East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 21, 2016 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, United States
    Description: Up to 2 games free for individuals with Down syndrome. For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 27, 2016 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Towpath Tennis Center, 2108 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313, United States
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! Register at akron@buddyuptennis.com. Learn more at http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Mind Body Soul Advisory Meeting
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 27, 2016 - 1:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office
    Description: Individuals with Ds who are 18 and older
    are invited to share ideas and plan activities for Mind Body Soul.
    Drop off event - no parents please. Llunch included.
    RSVP to Linda, 216.447.8763 or linda@usod.org.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: February 27, 2016 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, United States
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! Register at lorain@buddyuptennis.com. Learn more at http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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