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


May  2019
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 1, 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.
  • Buddy Walk Committee Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 1, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Help us to plan the 19th annual NEO Buddy Walk! RSVP to maria@usod.org
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  • Cinco de Mayo Dance
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: May 4, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals age 18+; Cost is $15 and includes dinner. Purchase tickets at usod.org
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 8, 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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  • Independence Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: May 10, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Artful 21 Mother's Day Boutique
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 11, 2019 - 3:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Volunteers will be on-hand to assist children of all ages in picking out a gift for their mom, step-mom, grandmother, or other special lady in their life. Kids will be able to choose from a variety of handmade items: soaps, stationery, jewelry, gift baskets, scarves, Dreamers Coffee or tea, and more!

    Most items are under $10, with many under $5. We will gift wrap the items for them and help the kids make a card.


    This is a great opportunity for your child to shop independently AND for your family to support our network of artisans! We encourage dads to bring the kids, so that the gift will be a surprise for Mom! RSVP to deborah@usod.org by 5/4.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: May 13, 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.
  • Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 13, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Learn how to start your own business! For individuals with Ds ages 15 and up. Registration required at usod.org
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  • Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Learn how to start your own business! For individuals with Ds ages 15 and up. Registration required at usod.org
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: May 20, 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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  • Cleveland Indians Ds Day
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: May 26, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Progressive Field, 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
    Description: Tickets are $26 and are located in the Family Deck.

    Event includes game ticket, pre-game parade around the warning track, kids run the bases post-game, and mascot meet and greet.

    Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for ticket order form.
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  • Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 27, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Learn how to start your own business! For individuals with Ds ages 15 and up. Registration required at usod.org
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  • Circle of Support Meeting
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: May 29, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Support group for families dealing with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Alzheimer's. RSVP to debbie@usod.org
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