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


October  2018
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  • Independence Chipotle Fundraiser
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: October 2, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Chipotle Mexican Grill, 6901 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Dine and donate to USOD. Present flyer when ordering.
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 3, 2018 - 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.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: October 6, 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 6, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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  • USOD Family Fall Festival
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 7, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: Join us for this FREE event for USOD families. Enjoy corn hole, pumpkin painting, hay rides & carnival games. Register at http://www.usod.org by October 3.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: October 10, 2018 - 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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  • Transition Boosters
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 11, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cleveland Clinic - South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122, USA
    Description: Medicaid-Navigating Application/Determination Process, presented by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. FREE. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org.
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  • CLE Down Syndrome Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 13, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join us to celebrate & support individuals with Down syndrome in Northeast Ohio. More details to come!
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  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 13, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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  • Grandparents Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 15, 2018 - 11:30 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to Lauriek@usod.org
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2018 - 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.
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  • Parents Rights Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 16, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Description: Facebook Live. Hosted by USOD & the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Gain a fundamental knowledge of parents rights under IDEA 2004. To join private Facebook group, contact lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Lorain County Families
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 18, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Elyria Public Library West River Branch, 1194 W River Rd N, Elyria, OH 44035, USA
    Description: Discuss the article, "21 signs you might be a parent of a child with Down syndrome". Register at http://www.connectingforkids.org/support
  • Mind-Body-Soul Craft Night
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 18, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Help make decorations for the Halloween Dance. RSVP to linda@usod.org by October 16th.
  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 18, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Akron Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: October 19, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 2855 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Take the night off to meet up with parents who share your journey. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org
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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: October 20, 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 20, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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  • USOD Day at Adventure Subaru
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: October 21, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Adventure Subaru, 1991 Mentor Ave, Painesville, OH 44077, USA
    Description: Meet our new partner, test drive a vehicle, shop Artful 21 products and enjoy snacks provided by USOD.
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  • Parents Rights Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Description: Facebook Live. Hosted by USOD & the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Gain a fundamental knowledge of parents rights under IDEA 2004. To join private Facebook group, contact lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 27, 2018 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 27, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Mind-Body-Soul Halloween Dance
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 27, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Elmwood Recreation Center, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: $15 per person, includes dinner, for individuals 18 and older. Register <a href="https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=usod&id=26">here</a&gt;.
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  • Beyond Words Demo Days
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 31, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: A variety of demo classes for all ages. RSVP required at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/independence/
  • Parents Rights Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 30, 2018 - 7:00 pm
    Description: Facebook Live. Hosted by USOD & the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. Gain a fundamental knowledge of parents rights under IDEA 2004. To join private Facebook group, contact lauriek@usod.org.
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