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


July  2021
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement and calisthenic-based workouts sponsored by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group to get the Zoom info. If you are not a member, please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org
  • Cooking with Confidence (Virtual Session)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to <a href="mailto:gina@usod.org">gina@usod.org</a> to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 2, 2021 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Join us for a No Rulz Dance Party on Zoom every Friday. The Zoom meeting will open at 1:15 pm because dancing will start promptly at 1:30 pm. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • 321 Workout: Wilderness Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 6, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Mill Stream Run Reservation, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness at the Mill Stream Run Physical Fitness Trail in Berea. Fun for ages 5 and up. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email <a href="mailto:rich@usod.org">rich@usod.org</a> 
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  • DADS' Night OUT
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 7, 2021 - 9:00 pm
    Location: North Water Brewing Company, 101 Crain Ave, Kent, OH 44240, USA
    Description: Dads & granddads -  join us for our first in-person Dads' Night Out in over a year.  RSVP on the "USOD DADS Group" Facebook page event to get the Zoom link, or email <a href="mailto:rich@usod.org">rich@usod.org</a>
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 8, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement and calisthenic-based workouts sponsored by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group to get the Zoom info. If you are not a member, please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org
  • Cooking with Confidence (Virtual Session)
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: July 8, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to <a href="mailto:gina@usod.org">gina@usod.org</a> to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 9, 2021 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Join us for a No Rulz Dance Party on Zoom every Friday. The Zoom meeting will open at 1:15 pm because dancing will start promptly at 1:30 pm. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • Grandparents Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: July 12, 2021 - 11:30 am
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: USOD grandparents join us in person on the patio at Panera in Independence. We will meet inside if the weather is bad. RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or <a href="mailto:lauriek@usod.org">lauriek@usod.org</a>.
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  • 321 Workout: Wilderness Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 13, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Brecksville Reservation, 9000 Chippewa Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141, USA
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness at the Brecksville Physical Fitness Trail. Fun for ages 5 and up. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email <a href="mailto:rich@usod.org">rich@usod.org</a> 
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  • Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm
    Description: The MindBodySoul program is hosting a virtual bingo this month. The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know, and you will win prizes! RSVP to linda@usod.org
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 15, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement and calisthenic-based workouts sponsored by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group to get the Zoom info. If you are not a member, please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org
  • Cooking with Confidence (Virtual Session)
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: July 15, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to <a href="mailto:gina@usod.org">gina@usod.org</a> to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 16, 2021 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Join us for a No Rulz Dance Party on Zoom every Friday. The Zoom meeting will open at 1:15 pm because dancing will start promptly at 1:30 pm. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • Steps to Independence
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: July 17, 2021 - 2:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Learn teamwork & good sportsmanship, connect with nature, care for your environment while eating healthy along the way. Participants must be 18 by July 17th or older to register. RSVP to linda@usod.org by July 9th. After you register, you will receive an email with further instructions. Rain or Shine!
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  • 321 Workout: Wilderness Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 20, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Mill Stream Run Reservation, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness at the Mill Stream Run Physical Fitness Trail in Berea. Fun for ages 5 and up. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email <a href="mailto:rich@usod.org">rich@usod.org</a> 
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  • Girls Night OUT
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 21, 2021 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Brew Garden, 16555 Southpark Center, Strongsville, OH 44136, USA
    Description: Join us for an in-person Moms Night! RSVP to the event on the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook Page or email rich@usod.org.
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 22, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement and calisthenic-based workouts sponsored by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group to get the Zoom info. If you are not a member, please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org
  • Cooking with Confidence (Virtual Session)
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: July 22, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to <a href="mailto:gina@usod.org">gina@usod.org</a> to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 23, 2021 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Join us for a No Rulz Dance Party on Zoom every Friday. The Zoom meeting will open at 1:15 pm because dancing will start promptly at 1:30 pm. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • 321 Workout: Wilderness Fitness
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 27, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Brecksville Reservation, 9000 Chippewa Rd, Brecksville, OH 44141, USA
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness at the Brecksville Physical Fitness Trail. Fun for ages 5 and up. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email <a href="mailto:rich@usod.org">rich@usod.org</a> 
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  • Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 28, 2021 - 7:00 pm
    Description: The MindBodySoul program is hosting a virtual bingo this month. The bingo game is exactly like the bingo we all know, and you will win prizes! RSVP to linda@usod.org
  • ABA Therapy Discussion
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 28, 2021 - 8:00 pm
    Description: Is your loved one with Down syndrome diagnosed with autism? Do you suspect that your child with Ds may be affected by autism? This discussion can help you to understand what ABA Therapy is and its benefits for people with Ds and autism. Michelle Baskin, BCBA, COBA, Founder & Director of ABA Outreach Services will be presenting. RSVP to the event on the Parent to Parent Network Facebook page or by email to rich@usod.org
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 29, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement and calisthenic-based workouts sponsored by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group to get the Zoom info. If you are not a member, please join. Those not on Facebook can email rich@usod.org
  • Cooking with Confidence (Virtual Session)
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: July 29, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to <a href="mailto:gina@usod.org">gina@usod.org</a> to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 30, 2021 - 2:00 pm
    Description: Join us for a No Rulz Dance Party on Zoom every Friday. The Zoom meeting will open at 1:15 pm because dancing will start promptly at 1:30 pm. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • Sibshops
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: July 31, 2021 - 12:00 pm
    Description: Have fun, meet new friends, and talk to other siblings of kids with special needs. For siblings ages 6-12. Space is limited. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org