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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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: June 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.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 6, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to get fit! Discounted fee through USOD. RSVPto Barb, 216.447.8763 or barbw@usod.org.
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: June 7, 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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  • Food, Fit & Fun
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: June 9, 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: June 9, 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.
  • Mind Body Soul - Summer Fun
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 9, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Teens & Adults with Ds are invited to have some fun and meet new friends at MBS Summer Fun. Join us on Friday, June 9 at the USOD Office to learn about summer safety and kick off the summer!
  • Artful Adventures
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: June 9, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 Som Center Rd, Willoughby Hills, OH 44094, USA
    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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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: June 12, 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: June 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.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 13, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to get fit! Discounted fee through USOD. RSVPto Barb, 216.447.8763 or barbw@usod.org.
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  • Tee It Up Golf Clinic
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: June 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Signature of Solon, 39000 Signature Dr, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome, ages 7 and up are invited to come and learn golf basics from the pros and enjoy a complimentary lunch; RSVP by June 9 to Barb, 216.447.8763 x105 or barbw@usod.org.
  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: June 14, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Playgroup
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 15, 2017 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: RSVP to Laurie, lauriek@usod.org or 216.702.3820.
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 19, 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: June 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.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 20, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to get fit! Discounted fee through USOD. RSVPto Barb, 216.447.8763 or barbw@usod.org.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: June 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.
  • Adapted Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: June 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Dover Elementary School, 2300 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to get fit! Discounted fee through USOD. RSVPto Barb, 216.447.8763 or barbw@usod.org.
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