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: January 3, 2018 - 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
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: January 8, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: 3 locations around town! Madison Square Lanes/Lakewood, The Roll House/Solon and Park Center Lanes/North Canton
    Description: <br><br>Buddies with Down syndrome are invited to join us for some bowling fun and meet new friends at Bowling Buddies. Bowl up to 2 games for free (includes shoe rental). <br><br><br>Solon meets at 1-3pm.<br>Lakewood & N Canton meet from 2-4pm.<br><br>For more info, contact Barb at <a href="mailto:barbw@usod.org" target="_blank">barbw@usod.org</a> or 216.447.8763 x105.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 8, 2018 - 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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  • Parents of Teens & Adults with Ds Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 9, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Parents of teens & adults with Down syndrome are invited to join us monthly to discuss issues relevant to individuals transitioning from school to adulthood. Meets at the USOD office on the second Tuesday of the month. Come on January 9, 2018 to hear our special guest from DFAS talk about new job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or
    lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 10, 2018 - 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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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 12, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    Description: Parents are invited to take the night off and meet up for some conversation and fun.  RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or <a href="mailto:lauriek@usod.org" target="_blank">lauriek@usod.org</a>.
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 15, 2018 - 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.
  • Pack the Q with USOD
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: January 15, 2018 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Ct, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
    Description: Help the Up Side of Downs to Pack the Q at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors game. Proceeds from the 50/50 benefit USOD. Contact Toni at toni@usod.org for tickets.
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  • Mind Body Soul - Healthy Start
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 18, 2018 - 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+, are invited to ring in a new you in the new year! Come learn about making healthy choices and activities for a better you. RSVP to Linda, 216.447.8763 x150 or linda@usod.org.
  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 18, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Akron Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 19, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 2855 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Take the night off to meet up with parents who share your journey. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org
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  • Bowling Buddies
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: January 22, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: 3 locations around town! Madison Square Lanes/Lakewood, The Roll House/Solon and Park Center Lanes/North Canton
    Description: <br><br>Buddies with Down syndrome are invited to join us for some bowling fun and meet new friends at Bowling Buddies. Bowl up to 2 games for free (includes shoe rental). <br><br><br>Solon meets at 1-3pm.<br>Lakewood & N Canton meet from 2-4pm.<br><br>For more info, contact Barb at <a href="mailto:barbw@usod.org" target="_blank">barbw@usod.org</a> or 216.447.8763 x105.
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