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


December  2018
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  • Artful 21 Gift Shop Open
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 1, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: 6533 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Extended store hours for holiday shopping! Our gift shop is located next door to the Independence Post Office.
  • Buddy Up Tennis-Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: December 1, 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-Mayfield Village
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: December 1, 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.
  • MBS Winter Dance
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 1, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Elmwood Recreation Center, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Dress up dinner and dancing for individuals with Down syndrome, age 18+. This event is a partner program with ICAN (Independence Community Adapted Network). Cost is $15, which includes dinner. We will be joined by individuals from The Band of Brothers and Gal Pals and Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. To register, contact Linda at linda@usod.org.
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  • USOD Holiday Luncheon
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: December 2, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Holiday Inn Cleveland-S Independence, 6001 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Due to overwhelming response, registration for this event has been closed.
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  • Beyond Words Demo Days
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 6, 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/
  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 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.
  • USOD D.A.D.S.
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 5, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Maya Mexican Restaurant, 368 West Bagley Rd, Berea
    Description: Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (D.A.D.S.) will meet at this restaurant for great Mexican food & company. Appetizers will be complements of the restaurant and USOD will buy the first round of drinks. RSVP to Matt at gian624@hotmail.com.
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  • Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 7, 2018 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Please RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Artful 21 Gift Shop Open
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 8, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: 6533 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Extended store hours for holiday shopping! Our gift shop is located next door to the Independence Post Office.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 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.
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  • Teen Program Open House
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm
    Location: 6533 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Come to this open house to meet Saree Doyle, our Teen Program Educator and learn more about the teen program that we will be starting in early 2019. This is also an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas for the program.
  • Transition Boosters Series: Medicaid
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 11, 2018 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Cleveland Clinic - South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44122, USA
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 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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  • Artful 21 Gift Shop Open
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 15, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: 6533 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Extended store hours for holiday shopping! Our gift shop is located next door to the Independence Post Office.
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Mayfield Village
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: December 15, 2018 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Village Racquet Club, 6685 Beta Dr, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. $15. Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Artful 21 Gift Shop Open
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: 6533 Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Extended store hours for holiday shopping! Our gift shop is located next door to the Independence Post Office.
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  • USOD Office Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 25, 2018 - 12:00 am
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  • USOD Office Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: December 26, 2018 - 12:00 am
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  • USOD Office Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: January 1, 2019 - 12:00 am