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


March  2020
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  • MindBodySoul Dance Class
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: March 1, 2020 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Elmwood Recreation Center, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds ages 18 and up - join Kellie Lightfoot from Inspirations Dance Academy for this 1-hour dance class. Kellie will teach popular crowd dances. Special pricing of $5 for USOD members (use promo code USOD). Register at <a href="https://www.inspirationsdance.org/special-events">https://www.inspirationsdance.org/special-events</a&gt;
  • Bowling Buddies East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 1, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD will cover the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for our buddies with Down syndrome. All ages welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to sheilaraia@gmail.com
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  • Hands On Healthy Eating
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 4, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Adults with Ds learn how to make healthy eating choices. Every class will be hands-on, from preparing a meal to shopping for healthy food options. $10 for the 5-week session.
  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 4, 2020 - 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.
  • DADS Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: March 4, 2020 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Noble Beast Brewing Co., 1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
    Description: Dads can bring any man that has played a role in their child's life (grandfathers, uncles, brothers, etc.). $1 from each pint purchased will be donated to USOD. Special pricing on wings. RSVP to DADS Facebook group or to Matt at <a href="mailto:dadsgroup@theupsideofdowns.org">dadsgroup@theupsideofdowns.org</a>
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  • Bowling Buddies South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 8, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: USOD will cover the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for our buddies with Down syndrome. All ages welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to systone@sbcglobal.net
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: March 9, 2020 - 11:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
  • Lorain County Young Friends Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 9, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation, 913 N Lake St, Amherst, OH 44001, USA
    Description: Moms, dads, siblings of a child with Down syndrome - bring the whole family and have fun with other Lorain County families! RSVP to rich@usod.org
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  • Spring Family Grants Deadline
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 16, 2020 - 12:00 am
    Description: Family grants are made available to the membership of USOD and provide financial assistance to improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in NEO. Apply here - <a href="https://www.theupsideofdowns.org/programs/usod-family-grants-application/">https://www.theupsideofdowns.org/programs/usod-family-grants-application/</a&gt;
  • Bowling Buddies East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 15, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD will cover the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for our buddies with Down syndrome. All ages welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to sheilaraia@gmail.com
  • Bowling Buddies West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 15, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD will cover the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for our buddies with Down syndrome. All ages welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to waters.annie1@gmail.com
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 16, 2020 - 8:00 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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  • Ashtabula County Young Friends Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: March 17, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Geneva Public Library, 860 Sherman St, Geneva, OH 44041, USA
    Description: USOD families of young children are invited to participate in our play groups. Moms, dads, and siblings of a child with Down syndrome are welcome, too, so the entire family can have fun! RSVP at shellyannulman@gmail.com
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  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 19, 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
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  • Bowling Buddies South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 22, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: USOD will cover the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for our buddies with Down syndrome. All ages welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to systone@sbcglobal.net
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  • Cancelled - Bowling Buddies West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD will cover the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for our buddies with Down syndrome. All ages welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to waters.annie1@gmail.com
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  • Virtual Meet-Up With an Occupational Therapist
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: March 31, 2020 - 10:00 pm
    Description: <p>This virtual meet upis to share with parents activities from a certified Occupational Therapist, soparents can have a better idea of activities they can try at home during thestay at home order. RSVP to Laurie at <a href="mailto:lauriek@usod.org">lauriek@usod.org</a> for the zoom code </p>