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


December  2020
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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 1, 2020 - 11:00 am
    Description: Meet us on Zoom! This is a virtual sing-along for the enjoyment of the entire family. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org
  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 1, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Tony D'Orazio, founder of Jacobs ladder Special Needs Fitness, along with his son, Jake, who is a certified fitness instructor, lead us through a virtual calisthenic-based workout. Moms, dads, & siblings can join in too! RSVP to rich@usod.org.
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  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 2, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: The MindBodySoul program is hosting a virtual bingo for adults with Down syndrome via Zoom. The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know. RSVP to linda@usod.org
  • DADS' Night In
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: December 2, 2020 - 10:00 pm
    Description: Dads & granddads join us for our monthly Dads' Night In from the comfort of your couch. We will connect through Zoom to see how everyone is doing. RSVP on the "USOD DADS Group" Facebook page event to get the Zoom link, or email rich@usod.org
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 3, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Tony D'Orazio, founder of Jacobs ladder Special Needs Fitness, along with his son, Jake, who is a certified fitness instructor, lead us through a virtual calisthenic-based workout. Moms, dads, & siblings can join in too! RSVP to rich@usod.org.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: December 4, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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  • Home for the Holidays
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: December 5, 2020 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Join USOD for a virtual "Home for the Holidays" celebration beginning at 1:00 pm. Email barb@usod.org for the Zoom code. Stay for the holiday dance party immediately following!
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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 8, 2020 - 11:00 am
    Description: Meet us on Zoom! This is a virtual sing-along for the enjoyment of the entire family. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org
  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 8, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Tony D'Orazio, founder of Jacobs ladder Special Needs Fitness, along with his son, Jake, who is a certified fitness instructor, lead us through a virtual calisthenic-based workout. Moms, dads, & siblings can join in too! RSVP to rich@usod.org.
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  • Young Friends Fun Time with Mrs. Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: December 9, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Mrs. Barb will have The Magic Man as a special guest on December 16th so join us for this virtual event! RSVP to the event on the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook page. If you're not a member please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org for Zoom code.
  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 9, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: The MindBodySoul program is hosting a virtual bingo for adults with Down syndrome via Zoom. The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know. RSVP to linda@usod.org
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 10, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Tony D'Orazio, founder of Jacobs ladder Special Needs Fitness, along with his son, Jake, who is a certified fitness instructor, lead us through a virtual calisthenic-based workout. Moms, dads, & siblings can join in too! RSVP to rich@usod.org.
  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 10, 2020 - 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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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: December 11, 2020 - 2:00 pm
  • Moms Night In
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 11, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Description:  Take a break, grab your favorite snack and drink and chat with your USOD mom friends as we connect through Zoom. RSVP to event on USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook page or by email to <a href="mailto:rich@usod.org">rich@usod.org</a>
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  • Grandparents Virtual Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 14, 2020 - 11:30 am
    Description: USOD grandparents join us via Zoom. RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or <a href="mailto:lauriek@usod.org">lauriek@usod.org</a>.
  • Lorain County Young Friends Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 14, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation, 913 N Lake St, Amherst, OH 44001, USA
    Description: Moms, dads, siblings of a child with Down syndrome - bring the whole family and have fun with other Lorain County families! RSVP to rich@usod.org
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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 15, 2020 - 11:00 am
    Description: Meet us on Zoom! This is a virtual sing-along for the enjoyment of the entire family. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org
  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 15, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Tony D'Orazio, founder of Jacobs ladder Special Needs Fitness, along with his son, Jake, who is a certified fitness instructor, lead us through a virtual calisthenic-based workout. Moms, dads, & siblings can join in too! RSVP to rich@usod.org.
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  • Young Friends Fun Time with Mrs. Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: December 16, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Mrs. Barb will have The Magic Man as a special guest on December 16th so join us for this virtual event! RSVP to the event on the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook page. If you're not a member please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org for Zoom code.
  • Circle of Support
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 16, 2020 - 7:00 pm
    Description: This month's topic is "Mental Health Symptoms & Pharmaceutical Interventions for Loved Ones with Down syndrome", presented by Dr. Thomas Scheidemantel. This session is open to all. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org to get the Zoom link.
  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 16, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: The MindBodySoul program is hosting a virtual bingo for adults with Down syndrome via Zoom. The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know. RSVP to linda@usod.org
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  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 17, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 17, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Tony D'Orazio, founder of Jacobs ladder Special Needs Fitness, along with his son, Jake, who is a certified fitness instructor, lead us through a virtual calisthenic-based workout. Moms, dads, & siblings can join in too! RSVP to rich@usod.org.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: December 18, 2020 - 2:00 pm
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 21, 2020 - 8:00 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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  • Fun Lunch Bunch
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: December 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm
    Description: The Mind Body Soul program is hosting a virtual Fun Lunch Bunch for our adult group. Join in for fun and games. RSVP to linda@usod.org.
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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 29, 2020 - 11:00 am
    Description: Meet us on Zoom! This is a virtual sing-along for the enjoyment of the entire family. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org
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  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 30, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: The Mind Body Soul program hosts a virtual bingo. The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know - and you can win prizes! RSVP to linda@usod.org.
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