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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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 3, 2019 - 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: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 3, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Maya Restaurant, 368 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017, USA
    Description: Fathers of children with Down syndrome getting together for great Mexican food.
    RSVP to Matt at gian624@hotmail.com.
  • Buddy Walk Committee Mtg.
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 3, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This is the FIRST meeting. The Buddy Walk Committee helps our Development Coordinator, Maria plan, organize and execute the Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk. Our walk is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th. Last year, 4500+ people registered for the Buddy Walk to show their support for the Down syndrome community. You do not need to be able to attend all of the committee meetings to join the committee. Please RSVP to maria@usod.org, if you will be at the April meeting.
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  • Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: April 6, 2019 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult.

    Cost is $15. Register at Akron@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: April 6, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: April 7, 2019 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult.

    Cost is $15.

    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • Bowling Buddies - West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: April 7, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies - South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: April 7, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: April 8, 2019 - 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.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 10, 2019 - 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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  • Mind Body Soul Air Hockey
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 12, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Adults with Down syndrome are invited to join in some Air Hockey fun!
    Must be 18+
    RSVP to Linda at linda@usod.org
  • Independence Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 12, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: April 13, 2019 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult.

    Cost is $15. Register at Akron@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: April 13, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • T.E.E.N. Program
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: April 13, 2019 - 5:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Building Healthy Relationships Series (Session #5 of 6)

    This series will focus on topics such as friendships, social skills, safety awareness and more. Using features of the Circles Curriculum, teens will learn how to identify people in their everyday lives based on their social circles. This will help them learn how to navigate through the intertwining, constantly changing, and confusing part of being a teenager by teaching them acceptable ways to interact with others in their lives. The last class dates for this series is 4/27.

    Cost for the series is $60. Must be registered to attend.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: April 14, 2019 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult.

    Cost is $15.

    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: April 15, 2019 - 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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  • Transition Boosters - Guardianship
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: April 16, 2019 - 8:30 pm
    Location: North Royalton Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 5071 Wallings Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133, USA
    Description: FREE. Become more informed about limited guardianship, power of attorney, and supported decision-making. This session is for parents, caretakers, and professionals. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Circle of Support Meeting
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This is a support group for those who are caretakers of a loved one who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome & Alzheimer's disease. It is also appropriate for those interested in learning more about the early signs of dementia in individuals with Down syndrome. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org.
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  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: April 18, 2019 - 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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  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: April 27, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • T.E.E.N. Program
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: April 27, 2019 - 5:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Building Healthy Relationships Series (Session #6 of 6)

    This series will focus on topics such as friendships, social skills, safety awareness and more. Using features of the Circles Curriculum, teens will learn how to identify people in their everyday lives based on their social circles. This will help them learn how to navigate through the intertwining, constantly changing, and confusing part of being a teenager by teaching them acceptable ways to interact with others in their lives. This is the last session of this series.


    Cost for the series is $60. Must be registered to attend.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2019 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult.

    Cost is $15.

    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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