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  2020
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  • Young Friends Story Time with Miss Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Families with young children are invited to our Young Friends Story Time, an online space where the imagination soars. RSVP to Rich at rich@usod.org for the Zoom code.
  • DADS Night In
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: July 1, 2020 - 10:00 pm
    Description: Dads & Grandads join us for our monthly Dads'Night from the comfort of your couch. We'll connect through Zoom to see how everyone is doing. RSVP on the "USOD Dads Group" Facebook page event or RSVP to rich@usod.org.
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  • Cooking Made Easy
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 2, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Join in this popular class as we make recipes using a variety of ingredients and cooking tools. Visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Participants are limited per class to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • Dance Party with No Rulz Art
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 3, 2020 - 2:30 pm
    Description: Join the fun at this virtual dance party with our friends at No Rulz Art. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom code.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 7, 2020 - 7:00 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 Story Time with Miss Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 8, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Families with young children are invited to our Young Friends Story Time, an online space where the imagination soars. RSVP to Rich at rich@usod.org for the Zoom code.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 9, 2020 - 7:00 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.
  • Cooking Made Easy
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 9, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Join in this popular class as we make recipes using a variety of ingredients and cooking tools. Visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Participants are limited per class to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • Dance Party with No Rulz Art
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 10, 2020 - 2:30 pm
    Description: Join the fun at this virtual dance party with our friends at No Rulz Art. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom code.
  • Moms Night In
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 10, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Description: It's time to take a break! Grab your favorite snack & beverage and chat with your USOD mom friends through Zoom. Hosted by Laurie Kowalski. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org to get the Zoom link
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  • Grandparents Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: July 13, 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>.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 14, 2020 - 7:00 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 Story Time with Miss Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 15, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Families with young children are invited to our Young Friends Story Time, an online space where the imagination soars. RSVP to Rich at rich@usod.org for the Zoom code.
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  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 16, 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: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 16, 2020 - 7:00 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.
  • Cooking Made Easy
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 16, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Join in this popular class as we make recipes using a variety of ingredients and cooking tools. Visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Participants are limited per class to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • Wiggle, Giggle, & Learn
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: July 18, 2020 - 11:00 am
    Description: We will be singing, dancing, reading, playing and learning together. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the link and code.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 21, 2020 - 7:00 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 Story Time with Miss Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 22, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Families with young children are invited to our Young Friends Story Time, an online space where the imagination soars. RSVP to Rich at rich@usod.org for the Zoom code.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 23, 2020 - 7:00 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.
  • Cooking Made Easy
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 23, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Join in this popular class as we make recipes using a variety of ingredients and cooking tools. Visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Participants are limited per class to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • Dance Party with No Rulz Art
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: July 24, 2020 - 2:30 pm
    Description: Join the fun at this virtual dance party with our friends at No Rulz Art. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org for the Zoom code.
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  • Wiggle, Giggle, & Learn
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: July 25, 2020 - 11:00 am
    Description: We will be singing, dancing, reading, playing and learning together. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the link and code.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 28, 2020 - 7:00 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 Story Time with Miss Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 29, 2020 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Families with young children are invited to our Young Friends Story Time, an online space where the imagination soars. RSVP to Rich at rich@usod.org for the Zoom code.
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  • Jacobs Ladder 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 30, 2020 - 7:00 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.
  • Cooking Made Easy
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 30, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Join in this popular class as we make recipes using a variety of ingredients and cooking tools. Visual recipes will be used to help participants follow the steps. RSVP to gina@usod.org to get the Zoom link and visual recipe. Note: Participants are limited per class to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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