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

April  2020
  • Cancelled - Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 1, 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 - Night IN
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: April 1, 2020 - 10:00 pm
    Description: <p>Grab your favorite snacks and drinks and join us for ourmonthly Dads' Night from your couch. We’ll all connect through Zoom to see howeveryone is doing, share funny stories and ideas for activities to do with thekids. Hosted by Rich Tamulewicz</p><p> RSVP to Rich atrich@usod.org to get the Zoom link</p>
  • Moms Night In
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: April 7, 2020 - 10:00 pm
    Description: <p>Time to connect with other moms! Take a break and enjoy sometime with your USOD mom friends as we connect through Zoom. Hosted by LaurieKowalski. RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org to get the Zoom link</p>
  • Let's Get Crafty-Virtual!
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: April 8, 2020 - 3:30 pm
    Description: For school-age students and older: Make paper plate lions with friends. You'll need: paper plate, yellow & black markers, yellow or brown paper, white paper, scissors and glue. Join us via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/288331456
  • Laugh, Listen & Learn-Virtual!
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: April 9, 2020 - 10:30 am
    Description: Any age welcome - enjoy some circle time activities, a song and a story with your family & friends. Join via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/234375061
  • S.T.E.A.M.: Young Scientists Engage & Explore-Virtual!
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 9, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Description: For school age and up: Tree Building, a step-by-step hands-on project using STEAM concepts. Materials needed: Play-Doh, paper, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/845224758
  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: April 13, 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: April 13, 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
  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 16, 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
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 20, 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.