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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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 3, 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. No tennis experience is required. For more information visit http://www.buddyuptennis.com.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: November 3, 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: November 3, 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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  • Sigma Noodles Fundraiser
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 7, 2018 - 10:00 pm
    Location: 609 S Lincoln St, Kent, OH 44240, USA
    Description: Hosted by Zeta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at KSU. All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner benefits USOD. $10 at the door. Dinner is being held in the Province Clubhouse.
  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 7, 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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  • Mind-Body-Soul Service Event
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 8, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to linda@usod.org
  • Transition Boosters-Waivers
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 8, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cleveland Clinic - South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122, USA
    Description: Topics covered by the Arc of Ohio include: how to get a waiver, waiting lists, needs assessments, new rules and an overview of waiver changes. FREE. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Caretaker Pamper Event
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 9, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Soup & salad, learn stress relief tecniques, seated yoga stretches, & make an aromatherapy sugar scrub. RSVP to lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 10, 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 Cleveland
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: November 10, 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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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 12, 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.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: November 14, 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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  • Beyond Words Demo Days
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 16, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: A variety of demo classes for all ages. RSVP required at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/independence/
  • Special Needs Financial & Estate Planning
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 15, 2018 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Learn how to integrate all of the necessary components of special needs financial & estate planning into one plan.
  • Reelabilities Films: On Beauty & Design Ability
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 15, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
    Description: USOD is a sponsor of this film festival. Join us for two short films.
  • Caretaker Pamper Event
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 15, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: TWIISTED Burgers & Sushi, 985 Boardman Alley, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: RSVP to kelly@premieraccountingllc.com or 330-416-3776
  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 15, 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: November 16, 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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  • Parent Mentor Training
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: November 17, 2018 - 12:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Training to become a parent mentor to an expectant or new parent of child with Down syndrome. Must have child 18 months to age 6 to serve as mentor. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 17, 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: November 17, 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: November 17, 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.
  • Dress Up for Downs Fashion Show
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: November 17, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Rockwell Hall, 515 Hilltop Dr, Kent, OH 44240, USA
    Description: Fashion show which benefits The Up Side of Downs. Tickets go on sale on 11/5 on Dress Up for Downs Facebook page. Contact dressupfordowns@gmail.com with questions.
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 19, 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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  • 2019 Sunburst Gala Tickets On Sale
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 24, 2018 - 12:00 am
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  • Kendra Scott Jewelry Fundraiser
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 26, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    Location: 28699 Chagrin Blvd, Woodmere, OH 44122, USA
    Description: Enjoy sips, sweets, and special offers as Kendra Scott donates 20% of sales to The Up Side of Downs. Please RSVP to leslieb@theupsideofdowns.org. Can't attend? You can still support our cause by calling the Eton store at 216-245-0204 on 11/26 to place a phone order. Be sure to mention The Up Side of Downs.
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  • #GivingTuesday
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Description: Donations are suggested for our 2019 Steps to Independence Retreat for young adults with Down syndrome.
  • Special Needs Financial & Estate Planning
    Starts: 5:45 pm
    Ends: November 27, 2018 - 6:45 pm
    Location: Middleburg Heights Library, 16699 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130, USA
    Description: Learn how to integrate all of the necessary components of special needs & estate financial planning into one plan.
  • Film: Intelligent Lives
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 27, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Lakewood Public Library Main Library, 15425 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, USA
    Description: FREE. This film features young adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. USOD is partnering in this and will have a panel discussion on employment immediately following the film.
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