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


February  2019
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  • Winking Lizard - Growing with 21
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 1, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Winking Lizard Tavern, 25380 Miles Rd, Bedford, OH 44146, USA
    Description: Social outing for Buddies & their siblings. Must be 21 or older. Each person attending will get one ticket for a free beer, wine, or soft drink. RSVP to growingwith21@gmail.com.
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  • MBS Healthy Eating
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals with Down syndrome are invited to come and enjoy some healthy foods. The focus will be on meals for lunch. Cost is $5. RSVP to Linda at linda@usod.org.
  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: February 2, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 3, 2019 - 12:30 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. Cost is $15.
    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • Bowling Buddies - South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 3, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies - East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 3, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies - West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 3, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
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  • Beyond Words Music Therapy
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: February 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individual, weekly lessons for those with special needs. Ages 3 - adult. 10 weeks: 1/7-3/15. CCBDD & Jon Peterson Scholarship funding available. Register at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/independence/. Call 440-230-6100 x700 with questions.
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 6, 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.
  • D.A.D.S. Dinner
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 6, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Maya Restaurant, 368 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017, USA
    Description: RSVP to Matt at gian624@hotmail.com
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  • Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: February 8, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Parents Breakfast
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: February 9, 2019 - 9:30 am
    Location: Cool Beans Café, 103 W Liberty St, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: We are changing things up this month! We are meeting for breakfast or coffee on the Square in Medina. RSVP is appreciated to Kelly at kelly@premieraccountingllc.com or 330-416-3776.
  • Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: February 9, 2019 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Akron@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: February 9, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • MBS Valentine's Dance
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 9, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Elmwood Recreation Center, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This dinner and dance is for individuals 18+ with special needs. It is not necessary to have or bring a date. We will be joined by young adults from ICAN (Independence Community Adapted Network), Band of Brothers and Gal Pals, and Autism Society of Greater Cleveland. Cost is $15.

    Register HERE https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=usod&id=40
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 10, 2019 - 12:30 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. Cost is $15.
    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 11, 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.
  • Beyond Words Music Therapy
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: February 11, 2019 - 6:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individual, weekly lessons for those with special needs. Ages 3 - adult. 10 weeks: 1/7-3/15. CCBDD & Jon Peterson Scholarship funding available. Register at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/independence/. Call 440-230-6100 x700 with questions.
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  • 2019 Summer & Beyond Fair
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: February 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Woodside Event Center at St Michael's, 5025 Mill Rd, Broadview Heights, OH 44147, USA
    Description: Get ready for summer! Talk to reps from area camps & get a copy of the 2019 Summer and Beyond directory. FREE.
  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: February 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com
  • T.E.E.N Program
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: February 16, 2019 - 5:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Building Healthy Relationships Series (Session #1 of 6)


    This series will focus on topics such as friendships, social skills, safety awareness and more. Using features of the Circles Curriculum, teens will learn how to identify people in their everyday lives based on their social circles. This will help them learn how to navigate through the intertwining, constantly changing, and confusing part of being a teenager by teaching them acceptable ways to interact with others in their lives.

    Other class dates for this series are: 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, and 4/27

    Cost for the series is $60. Must be registered to attend.

    Contact Gina at gina@usod.org for registration forms.
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  • Last Day for Sunburst Gala Registration
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: February 18, 2019 - 12:00 am
    Description: Tickets cost $115 each and $1,150 for a table of ten. They will be available until Feb 17th or event sell-out.
  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 17, 2019 - 12:30 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. Cost is $15.
    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
  • Bowling Buddies - West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 17, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Parma, 12859 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies - East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 17, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
  • Bowling Buddies - South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: February 17, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Park Centre Lanes, 7313 Whipple Ave NW, North Canton, OH 44720, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Ds to bowl up to two games per week and pay for their shoe rental. All ages welcome. Siblings may bowl, but must pay for their own games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org.
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  • Beyond Words Music Therapy
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: February 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individual, weekly lessons for those with special needs. Ages 3 - adult. 10 weeks: 1/7-3/15. CCBDD & Jon Peterson Scholarship funding available. Register at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/independence/. Call 440-230-6100 x700 with questions.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: February 18, 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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  • Circle of Support Meeting
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: February 19, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Dr. Leverenz, Head of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic and Katherine Koenig will be part of this month's group discussion. RSVP to Debbie at debbie@usod.org.
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  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: February 21, 2019 - 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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  • Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: February 23, 2019 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Springside Raquet and Fitness Club-----Fitness and Sports Excellerated, LLC, 215 Springside Dr, Akron, OH 44333, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Akron@BuddyUpTennis.com
  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: February 23, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Foxcreek Family Tennis Center, 5445 Beavercrest Dr # E, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: 90 minute clinic for individuals with Down syndrome, age 5 to adult. Cost is $15.
    Register at Lorain@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: February 24, 2019 - 12:30 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. Cost is $15.
    Register at Cleveland@BuddyUpTennis.com.
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  • Beyond Words Music Therapy
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: February 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individual, weekly lessons for those with special needs. Ages 3 - adult. 10 weeks: 1/7-3/15. CCBDD & Jon Peterson Scholarship funding available. Register at http://www.beyondwordscenter.org/portfolio/independence/. Call 440-230-6100 x700 with questions.
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