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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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 5, 2021 - 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
  • 321 Young Friends Workout (Ages 5-10)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 5, 2021 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. For ages 5-10. RSVP to the event in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 5, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 6, 2021 - 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.
  • DADS' Night In
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: January 6, 2021 - 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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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: January 8, 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.
  • Moms Night In
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 8, 2021 - 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: January 11, 2021 - 11:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    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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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 12, 2021 - 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
  • 321 Young Friends Workout (Ages 5-10)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 12, 2021 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. For ages 5-10. RSVP to the event in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 12, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • Magic Camp with Keith the Magic Man Session 1
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2021 - 5:30 pm
    Description: Registration is required for this session to learn magic from Keith the Magic Man. Ages 16 and up. Register with barbw@usod.org.
  • Magic Camp with Keith the Magic Man - Session 2
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2021 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Registration is required for this session to learn magic from Keith the Magic Man. Ages 16 and up. Register with barbw@usod.org.
  • Circle of Support
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2021 - 7:00 pm
    Description: This month's topic is Alzheimer's Disease 101. Join us via Zoom. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org for the link.
  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2021 - 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.
  • Long Term Special Needs Planning 2.0
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2021 - 9:00 pm
    Description: RSVP on the USOD Parent to Parent Network or email rich@usod.org
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  • Cooking with Confidence
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: January 14, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - 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: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: January 15, 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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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 19, 2021 - 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
  • 321 Young Friends Workout (Ages 5-10)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 19, 2021 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. For ages 5-10. RSVP to the event in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 19, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • Magic Camp with Keith the Magic Man Session 3
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: January 20, 2021 - 5:30 pm
    Description: Registration is required for this session to learn magic from Keith the Magic Man. Ages 16 and up. Register with barbw@usod.org.
  • Magic Camp with Keith the Magic Man Session 4
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 20, 2021 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Registration is required for this session to learn magic from Keith the Magic Man. Ages 16 and up. Register with barbw@usod.org.
  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 20, 2021 - 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.
  • Long Term Special Needs Planning 2.0
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 20, 2021 - 9:00 pm
    Description: RSVP on the USOD Parent to Parent Network or email rich@usod.org
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  • Cooking with Confidence
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: January 21, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - 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: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: January 22, 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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  • Potty Training Seminar
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 25, 2021 - 9:00 pm
    Description: Potty Training Basics and Tips for children with developmental disabilities. RSVP to the Event on the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org
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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 26, 2021 - 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
  • Fun Lunch Bunch
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2021 - 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
  • 321 Young Friends Workout (Ages 5-10)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2021 - 6:00 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. For ages 5-10. RSVP to the event in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Movement & Calisthenic-based workouts conducted by Jacobs Ladder Special Needs Fitness. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to the Events in the USOD Parent to Parent Network Facebook group or email rich@usod.org for the Zoom link.
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  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 27, 2021 - 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.
  • Long Term Special Needs Planning 2.0
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 27, 2021 - 9:00 pm
    Description: RSVP on the USOD Parent to Parent Network or email rich@usod.org
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  • Cooking with Confidence
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: January 28, 2021 - 7:45 pm
    Description: For teens & adults - 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: Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching.
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  • No Rulz Dance Party
    Starts: 1:30 pm
    Ends: January 29, 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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