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: May 4, 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 <a href="mailto:debbie@usod.org">debbie@usod.org</a>
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 4, 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: May 5, 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: May 5, 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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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 6, 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
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: May 6, 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: May 7, 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 Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 10, 2021 - 11:30 am
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: USOD grandparents are meeting IN PERSON this month on the outdoor patio at Panera in Independence, weather permitting. 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: May 11, 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 <a href="mailto:debbie@usod.org">debbie@usod.org</a>
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 11, 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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  • Keith the Magic Man's Magic Camp
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 12, 2021 - 5:30 pm
    Description: Keith the Magic Man presents his Magic Camp for ages 16+. Register with barbw@usod.org for Zoom link
  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 12, 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.
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 13, 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
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: May 13, 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: May 14, 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: May 14, 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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  • SibShops
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: May 15, 2021 - 12:00 pm
    Description: USOD is hosting Sibshops to celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. For siblings ages 7-12. Space is limited. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Virtual Sing Along with Jesse Jukebox
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 18, 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 <a href="mailto:debbie@usod.org">debbie@usod.org</a>
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 18, 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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  • Circle of Support
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 19, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Circle of Support connects families dealing with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease. This month's topic is Caregiver Support. Come and share your ideas to help our aging family members with Down syndrome. RSVP to debbie@usod.org for the Zoom link
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 20, 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
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: May 20, 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: May 21, 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: May 25, 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 <a href="mailto:debbie@usod.org">debbie@usod.org</a>
  • 321 Virtual Workout (Ages 10 & up)
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 25, 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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  • Fun Time with Mrs. Barb
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 26, 2021 - 5:30 pm
    Description: Mrs. Barb welcomes Josh the Juggler for a virtual visit. Fun for the whole family. RSVP to barbw@usod.org for Zoom link
  • MBS Virtual Bingo
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 26, 2021 - 7:30 pm
    Description: Mind Body Soul hosts a virtual bingo, for ages 18+. The bingo game is just like the bingo we all know, and you will win prizes. RSVP to linda@usod.org for the Zoom link
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  • 321 Virtual Workout
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 27, 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
    Starts: 6:45 pm
    Ends: May 27, 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: May 28, 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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