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: September 7, 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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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 8, 2016 - 9:00 pm
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 9, 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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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: September 12, 2016 - 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.
  • Akron Family Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 12, 2016 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Reinecker's Bakery, S., 8575 S Fwy Dr, Macedonia, OH 44056, 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: September 13, 2016 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Up Side of Downs, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    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: September 15, 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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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 19, 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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  • Patterson Farm Family Fun Fest
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2016 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Patterson Fruit Farm, 8765 Mulberry Road, Chesterland, OH 44026
    Description: Celebrate fall with USOD! For more info, contact Barb at barbw@usod.org
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