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


February  2017
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 1, 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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  • Bowling Buddies - Solon
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 5, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - Lakewood
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 5, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Madison-Square Lanes, 1653 Westwood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Anne at waters.annie1@gmail.com for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - N. Canton
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 5, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds can bowl up to 2 games for FREE! Contact Sharon at systone@sbcglobal.net for more info.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: February 6, 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: February 9, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 10, 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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  • Sibshops
    Starts: 1:45 pm
    Ends: February 12, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Brecksville Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 9089 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141, USA
    Description: USOD is proud to announce their new Sibshops program! Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program that provides peer support within a recreational environment. It's designed to celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs! Each workshop encourages kids to participate in site based activities that encourage sharing, laughter and fun! Kids will have a chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs, talk, share ideas and have FUN!

    Age Range: 7 - 12 years old **Advanced registration is required & space is limited!

    Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hidhgxcab&oeidk=a07edqbz8pgbc255f36
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: February 13, 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.
  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 13, 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.
  • Akron Family Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 13, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 3rd St, Cuyahoga Falls;
    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 14, 2017 - 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: February 16, 2017 - 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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  • Mind Body Soul Healthy Start
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 17, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Individuals with Ds, ages 16+, are invited to try healthy foods, get creative and relax with painting, and have fun with friends. RSVP to Linda at linda@usod.org.
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  • Artful Adventures
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: February 18, 2017 - 3:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office
    Description: Middle school age individuals with Ds are invited to join us for this fun NEW program that will focus on Music, Cooking, Nature & Art. Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
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  • Bowling Buddies - Solon
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - Lakewood
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Madison-Square Lanes, 1653 Westwood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Anne at waters.annie1@gmail.com for more info.
  • Bowling Buddies - N. Canton
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds can bowl up to 2 games for FREE! Contact Sharon at systone@sbcglobal.net for more info.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: February 20, 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.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: February 20, 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: February 27, 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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