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: September 5, 2018 - 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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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: September 8, 2018 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts weekly 90-minute clinics. These clinics are broken down into 30 minutes of fitness conditioning, and 60 minutes of professional tennis instruction. Buddies (Volunteers) are partnered with Athletes, to provide one-on-one attention and grow meaningful connections and relationships. No tennis experience is required. Team T-shirts and racquets are provided. All children ages 5 or older and or adults with Down syndrome are welcome to participate in Buddy Up Tennis as an Athlete regardless of ability or prior experience.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: September 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts weekly 90-minute clinics. These clinics are broken down into 30 minutes of fitness conditioning, and 60 minutes of professional tennis instruction. Buddies (Volunteers) are partnered with Athletes, to provide one-on-one attention and grow meaningful connections and relationships. No tennis experience is required. Team T-shirts and racquets are provided. All children ages 5 or older and or adults with Down syndrome are welcome to participate in Buddy Up Tennis as an Athlete regardless of ability or prior experience.
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  • Mind-Body-Soul Walking Club
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 9, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Enjoy a walk with friends and a healthy meal at Yours Truly. For individuals with Down syndrome age 18 and older.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: September 10, 2018 - 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: September 10, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: FREE instruction for individuals with Ds ages 7 and up. Rain or shine as tees are under cover. RSVP to Barb at barbw@usod.org.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 12, 2018 - 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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  • Achieving Quality Employment
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 13, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cleveland Clinic - South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122, USA
    Description: This session is part of the Transition Boosters series. FREE for caretakers. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 14, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    Description: Parents are invited to take the night off and meet up for some conversation and fun.  RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or <a href="mailto:lauriek@usod.org" target="_blank">lauriek@usod.org</a>.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 15, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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  • Carnival/Cruise-In
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: September 16, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Public Square, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: Sponsored by Ferrell-Whited Physical Therapy Services with proceeds benefiting USOD. Activities will include pony rides, face-painting, food from The Original Dan's Dog's Diner and raffle prizes. FREE admission.
  • Growing with 21 Pool Party
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: September 16, 2018 - 2:00 pm
    Location: 6735 Walnut Dr, Gates Mills, OH 44040, USA
    Description: Pool party and cookout for those who are 21 or older <u>and</u> have a sibling with Down syndrome 21 or older. The event is FREE and food and drink will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions please indicate that when you RSVP to growingwith21@gmail.com.
  • Mind-Body-Soul Walking Club
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 16, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Enjoy a walk with friends and a healthy meal at Yours Truly. For individuals with Down syndrome age 18 and older.
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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 17, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: FREE instruction for individuals with Ds ages 7 and up. Rain or shine as tees are under cover. RSVP to Barb at barbw@usod.org.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 17, 2018 - 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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  • USOD Holiday Party Planning Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 19, 2018 - 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 to plan our annual holiday party for USOD families. Everyone is welcome to join the committee. RSVP to Barb at barbw@usod.org.
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  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 20, 2018 - 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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  • Akron Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: September 21, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 2855 W Market St, Fairlawn, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Take the night off to meet up with parents who share your journey. RSVP to Laurie, 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org
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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: September 22, 2018 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: September 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 22, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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  • USOD Day at Patterson's Fruit Farm
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Patterson Farms Inc, 8765 Mulberry Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026, USA
    Description: Hayride, corn maze and farm-related fun. USOD discounted cost is $6, children under 2 are FREE. Individuals with Ds get to paint a pumpkin for FREE. Register at http://www.usod.org.
  • Mind-Body-Soul Walking Club
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Enjoy a walk with friends and a healthy meal at Yours Truly. For individuals with Down syndrome age 18 and older.
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  • Tee It Up Golf
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Golf Improvement Center, 116 Medina Rd, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: FREE instruction for individuals with Ds ages 7 and up. Rain or shine as tees are under cover. RSVP to Barb at barbw@usod.org.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 29, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD! The Buddy Up Tennis Program hosts 90-minute clinics for individuals with Down syndrome age 5 and up. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
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  • Mind-Body-Soul Walking Club
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 30, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Yours Truly Rockside, 8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH 44125, USA
    Description: Enjoy a walk with friends and a healthy meal at Yours Truly. For individuals with Down syndrome age 18 and older.