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


February  2020
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  • Bowling Buddies West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 2, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD covers 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 & shoe rental. RSVP to Anne Waters at waters.annie1@gmail.com
  • Bowling Buddies East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 2, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD covers the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for buddies with Down syndrome. All ages are welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games & shoe rental. RSVP to Sheila Raia at sheilaraia@gmail.com
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  • Hands On Healthy Eating
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 5, 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: February 5, 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: February 5, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Location: BrewWall, 3161 Heritage Center Dr, Copley, OH 44321, USA
    Description: RSVP to Matt at dadsgroup@theupsideofdowns.org
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  • Bowling Buddies South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 9, 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 & shoe rental. RSVP to Sharon at systone@sbcglobal.net
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 10, 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: February 10, 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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  • Hands On Healthy Eating
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 12, 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.
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  • Bowling Buddies West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 16, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD covers 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 & shoe rental. RSVP to Anne Waters at waters.annie1@gmail.com
  • Bowling Buddies East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 16, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD covers the cost of up to two games of bowling plus shoes for buddies with Down syndrome. All ages are welcome. Siblings must pay for their own games & shoe rental. RSVP to Sheila Raia at sheilaraia@gmail.com
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 17, 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 Young Friends Playgroup
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 18, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Geneva Public Library, 860 Sherman St, Geneva, OH 44041, USA
    Description: Inviting USOD families of young children in the Ashtabula area to join this newest playgroup. Moms, dads and siblings of a child with Down syndrome are welcome too so the entire family can have fun. RSVP to shellyannulman@gmail.com
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  • Hands On Healthy Eating
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 19, 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.
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  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 20, 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: February 23, 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 & shoe rental. RSVP to Sharon at systone@sbcglobal.net
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  • Parent of Teens & Adults Discussion
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 25, 2020 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Join us to discuss bringing a new day program called "I Am Boundless" to our area. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Circle of Support
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 26, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Introduction to Teepa Snow and her "Positive Approach to Care" for those with dementia. RSVP to debbie@usod.org
  • Hands On Healthy Eating
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 26, 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.
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