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


August  2017
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: August 1, 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: August 2, 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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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: August 7, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 7 and up, invited to come learn golf skills from our volunteers coaches. Clubs are available and a free bucket of balls. Tee It Up is FREE and includes a healthy snack! For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: August 8, 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: August 9, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • Food, Fit & Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: August 11, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Bryant & Stratton College, 35350 Curtis Blvd, Eastlake, OH 44095, USA
    Description: Food, Fit & Fun is an exciting new program targeted to teens & adults with Down syndrome, ages 14 and up.

    Food, Fit & Fun will include an easy-to-make healthy recipe, an exercise routine, an art project and a self-esteem/social skills boosting activity each session.

    Join us on the second Friday of the summer months at Bryant & Stratton College, 35350 Curtis Blvd. in Eastlake from 10am to 12pm for this program.
  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: August 11, 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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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: August 14, 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: August 15, 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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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: August 21, 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: August 22, 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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  • Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk
    Starts: 7:00 am
    Ends: August 26, 2017 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA
    Description: Join the Up Side of Downs at the 17th Annual Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk on Saturday, August 26, 2017, presented by Minute Men Staffing. We know you will enjoy this 1-mile wheel-friendly walk in celebration of individuals with Down syndrome. More info at http://www.theupsideofdowns.org/buddy-walk. Register or Donate at: https://neobw.donordrive.com/event/BW17
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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: August 28, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 7 and up, invited to come learn golf skills from our volunteers coaches. Clubs are available and a free bucket of balls. Tee It Up is FREE and includes a healthy snack! For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: August 29, 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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