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: July 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.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: July 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.
  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 8, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Washington Learning Center Golf Course, 3841 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105, USA
    Description: Weekly instruction for individuals with Down syndrome ages 7 and up. FREE. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
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  • Circle of Support
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 10, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: A representative from the Alzheimer's Association will be our speaker on the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's. RSVP to debbie@usod.org
  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 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.
  • USOD Dads Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 10, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Maya Restaurant, 368 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017, USA
    Description: RSVP to Matt at dadsgroup@theupsideofdowns.org
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  • East side baby & toddler play group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 11, 2019 - 8:30 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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  • Independence Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: July 12, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 15, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Washington Learning Center Golf Course, 3841 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105, USA
    Description: Weekly instruction for individuals with Down syndrome ages 7 and up. FREE. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 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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  • Special Needs Planning for your Loved One with a Disability
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 16, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: 21st Century Financial, 130 Springside Dr # 100, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Government Benefits, Estate Planning & Funding Strategies. Hosted by 21st Century Financial. RSVP to <a href="mailto:lauriek@usod.org">lauriek@usod.org</a>
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  • ADA Day
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: July 17, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Wade Oval, 10820 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
    Description: USOD will have a table at the Resource Fair. Look for us!
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  • Transition Boosters
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 18, 2019 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cleveland Clinic - South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Ave, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122, USA
    Description: Topic: Sexuality, Safety & Relationships. Register at http://www.ohiof2f.org/training
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  • Mind-Body-Soul Lion King Screening
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: July 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome ages 18 and up are invited to the USOD office to watch The Lion King. Pizza and popcorn movie night. RSVP to linda@usod.org
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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 22, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Washington Learning Center Golf Course, 3841 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105, USA
    Description: Weekly instruction for individuals with Down syndrome ages 7 and up. FREE. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
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  • Lorain County Baby & Toddler Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 25, 2019 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring St, Amherst, OH 44001, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Splash Park Fun
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: July 26, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Brainard Spray Park, 1840 Brainard Rd, Cleveland, OH 44124, USA
    Description: For ages 0-13; Pizza & drinks provided. Please bring a snack, side or dessert to share. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: July 29, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Washington Learning Center Golf Course, 3841 Washington Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44105, USA
    Description: Weekly instruction for individuals with Down syndrome ages 7 and up. FREE. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
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