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 4, 2019 - 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.
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon Screening
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 4, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118, USA
    Description: Join us for a private screening of The Peanut Butter Falcon. Tickets must be purchased in advance here - https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=usod&id=14
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: September 9, 2019 - 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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  • Holiday Party Planning Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 10, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Help us plan our annual holiday party! RSVP to barbw@usod.org
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 11, 2019 - 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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  • Growing with 21 Conference Call/Planning Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 12, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Description: Join us on this conference call and help us plan upcoming events. RSVP to growingwith21@gmail.com
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  • Independence Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 13, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 16, 2019 - 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.
  • Sunburst Gala 2020 Planning Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 16, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Help us to plan the most fabulous fundraising event of the year! RSVP to maria@usod.org
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  • A Research Update with Dr. Costa
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 17, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Dr. Costa will give us an update about his research focused on the efficacy, tolerability, and safety of memotine hydrochloride on enhancing the cognitive abilities of adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome. RSVP to debbie@usod.org
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  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 19, 2019 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • MindBodySoul Movie Night
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome, ages 18 and up, are invited to watch "The Secret Life of Pets 2" RSVP to linda@usod.org
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  • Preschool Play Party
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: September 27, 2019 - 11:00 am
    Location: St Michael Catholic Church, 6912 Chestnut Rd, Cleveland, OH 44131, USA
    Description: The students at St. Michael's are putting on a play party for our preschool buddies! Join us for a variety of play stations. Each preschooler who attends will receive a free book to take home. Siblings are welcome! RSVP to gina@usod.org
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