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


October  2017
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  • Mind Body Soul Walking Club
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 1, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome ages 16 and older are invited to join us on Sundays, October 1, 8 & 29 from 2-4pm at Yours Truly in Valley View for Walking Club. Get fit with friends while walking along the towpath. Stay for a healthy meal on us! Not a drop off event. RSVP to Linda, linda@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x150.
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  • Tee It Up Golf- LAST DAY!
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 2, 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! Fall session: Aug 28 - Oct 2. For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Look Who's Talking
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: October 3, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join USOD and The Clevelan Hearing & Speech Center for Look Who's Talking Communication Play Group. Come for the FREE meet & greet on September 19. Program is for individuals with Ds, ages newborn to 36 months and costs $100 for the 5 week sessions. For more info, call Lauren Masuga at 216.325.7530.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 3, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to get fit with friends. Discounted fee is $12 per 6 week session which runs from September 12 to October 17. RSVP to Barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Dine Out for Down Syndrome at Chipotle
    Starts: 10:45 am
    Ends: October 4, 2017 - 10:00 pm
    Location: ALL Northeast Ohio Chipotle Mexican Grill locations
    Description: Celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Dine out at ALL Northeast Ohio Chipotle's from 10:45am to 10pm. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier that you're supporting people with Down syndrome and a whopping 50% of your sale will be donated to USOD. Get the flyer here: http://www.theupsideofdowns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/MWF_UpsideOfDowns_2UP.pdf
  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 4, 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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  • Adapted Yoga
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: October 7, 2017 - 12:15 pm
    Location: Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to get fit with friends. Discounted fee is $15 per 6 week session from September 16 to October 28 (no October 21). Meets at Westlake High School in Room 101. RSVP to Barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: October 7, 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 Walking Club
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome ages 16 and older are invited to join us on Sundays, October 1, 8 & 29 from 2-4pm at Yours Truly in Valley View for Walking Club. Get fit with friends while walking along the towpath. Stay for a healthy meal on us! Not a drop off event. RSVP to Linda, linda@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x150.
  • GIC Family Fun Festival
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: Join USOD at the Golf Improvement Center Family Fall Festival on Sunday, October 8 from 2-4pm for an afternoon full of fun. Activities include corn hole, hay rides, giant games, inflatables, pumpkin painting, free golf tips and so much more. Come dressed in costume! Cost is FREE to USOD families! Register at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eemddpiy27edb1eb&llr=hidhgxcab
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 9, 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.
  • CLE Ds Day Proclamation
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: October 9, 2017 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
    Description: Join USOD at the Cleveland City Council meeting for a very special proclamation of Cleveland Down Syndrome Day and The Cleveland Browns will be recognized for valuing diversity and inclusion in employment of individuals with disabilities. RSVP to Toni at toni@usod.org.
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  • Look Who's Talking
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: October 10, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join USOD and The Clevelan Hearing & Speech Center for Look Who's Talking Communication Play Group. Come for the FREE meet & greet on September 19. Program is for individuals with Ds, ages newborn to 36 months and costs $100 for the 5 week sessions. For more info, call Lauren Masuga at 216.325.7530.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 10, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to get fit with friends. Discounted fee is $12 per 6 week session which runs from September 12 to October 17. RSVP to Barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
  • Parent Speaker Series
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: October 10, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join USOD and Butcher Elder Law at 7pm on Tuesday, October 10 at the USOD office for Planning for the Future: What Parents and Their Adult Children with Down Syndrome Need to Know. More than 70% of people who reach the age of 65 will require long-term care. Plan ahead! Asset protection will safeguard your future and ensure that your loved one with a disability will continue to receive care through life's inevitable changes. RSVP to Ann or 440.268.8284. For more info, contact Laurie at lauriek@usod.org or call 216.447.8763 x102.
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  • Food, Fit & Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 11, 2017 - 11:00 am
    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.
  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: October 11, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • CLE Down Syndrome Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 13, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Description: Celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month in CLE! Join USOD on October 12 for a tree planting in honor of our buddies with Down syndrome in Northeast Ohio at the Rockport Library, 4421 W. 140th St in Cleveland at 9am. Be sure to check out the Terminal Tower all dressed up in USOD blue and orange to celebrate with us.
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  • Signing Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 13, 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: October 13, 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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  • Adapted Yoga
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: October 14, 2017 - 12:15 pm
    Location: Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to get fit with friends. Discounted fee is $15 per 6 week session from September 16 to October 28 (no October 21). Meets at Westlake High School in Room 101. RSVP to Barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • PASS Class
    Starts: 6:15 pm
    Ends: October 16, 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. The 10 week session costs $200 for private pay and is led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Beyond Words. Get the full details and registration at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/pass-Independence
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 16, 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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  • Look Who's Talking
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: October 17, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join USOD and The Clevelan Hearing & Speech Center for Look Who's Talking Communication Play Group. Come for the FREE meet & greet on September 19. Program is for individuals with Ds, ages newborn to 36 months and costs $100 for the 5 week sessions. For more info, call Lauren Masuga at 216.325.7530.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to get fit with friends. Discounted fee is $12 per 6 week session which runs from September 12 to October 17. RSVP to Barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • The Learning Groove
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: October 18, 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. Cost is $200 for first child. Register and get the full details at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/tlg-independence
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  • Mind Body Soul - Get Crafty
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 19, 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
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  • Signing Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 20, 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: October 21, 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: October 21, 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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  • PASS Class
    Starts: 6:15 pm
    Ends: October 23, 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. The 10 week session costs $200 for private pay and is led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Beyond Words. Get the full details and registration at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/pass-Independence
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  • Look Who's Talking
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: October 24, 2017 - 10:30 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join USOD and The Clevelan Hearing & Speech Center for Look Who's Talking Communication Play Group. Come for the FREE meet & greet on September 19. Program is for individuals with Ds, ages newborn to 36 months and costs $100 for the 5 week sessions. For more info, call Lauren Masuga at 216.325.7530.
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  • The Learning Groove
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: October 25, 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. Cost is $200 for first child. Register and get the full details at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/tlg-independence
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  • Signing Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 27, 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: October 28, 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.
  • Adapted Yoga
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: October 28, 2017 - 12:15 pm
    Location: Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to get fit with friends. Discounted fee is $15 per 6 week session from September 16 to October 28 (no October 21). Meets at Westlake High School in Room 101. RSVP to Barbw@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Mind Body Soul Walking Club
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome ages 16 and older are invited to join us on Sundays, October 1, 8 & 29 from 2-4pm at Yours Truly in Valley View for Walking Club. Get fit with friends while walking along the towpath. Stay for a healthy meal on us! Not a drop off event. RSVP to Linda, linda@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x150.
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  • PASS Class
    Starts: 6:15 pm
    Ends: October 30, 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. The 10 week session costs $200 for private pay and is led by a Board Certified Music Therapist from Beyond Words. Get the full details and registration at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/pass-Independence
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