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


March  2019
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  • Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: March 2, 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.
  • MBS Healthy Eating
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: March 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 age 18+ are invited to join us to try some new healthy foods. RSVP to Linda@usod.org.
  • T.E.E.N. Program
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 2, 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 #2 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: 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, and 4/27 Cost for the series is $60. Must be registered to attend.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: March 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: March 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.
  • USOD Family Day at CAVS
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 3, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Quicken Loans, 100 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
    Description: Everyone in attendance can shoot a free throw Tickets for $8 and $20 on http://www.usod.org.
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  • Beyond Words Music Therapy
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 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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  • BW Committee Meeting
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: March 5, 2019 - 8:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: All are invited! RSVP to Maria@usod.org.
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 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.
  • Circle of Support Meeting
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 6, 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This is a support group for those who are caretakers for a loved one with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome & Alzheimer's disease AND those who are interested in learning more about the early signs of dementia. FREE. RSVP to debbie@usod.org.
  • D.A.D.S. Dinner Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: March 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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  • Meet Terri Couwenhaven
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 8, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Terri Couwenhaven, MS CSE is a well-known sex educator & author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with cognitive disabilities. Her gentle, matter-of fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker. Terri is the proud parent of an adult daughter, Anna, who has Down syndrome. She has served as the Clinic Coordinator for the Down Syndrome Clinic at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, since 1996.

    Friday will be a meet and greet session with Terri that is only open to parents. She will also speak on the topic of what normal sexuality is across the lifespan.


    Must be registered to attend. Purchase tickets at http://www.usod.org. Cost for Friday only is $10.
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  • Parents Morning Out
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: March 9, 2019 - 9:30 am
    Location: Cool Beans Café, 103 W Liberty St, Medina, OH 44256, USA
    Description: RSVP to kelly@premieraccountingllc.com.
  • Parent/Daughter Puberty Workshop
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: March 9, 2019 - 10:30 am
    Location: Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence, 5300 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This workshop will teach pre-adolescent girls how their bodies will grow & change during puberty and how to manage this change. Parents, guardians, caretakers, educators, medical professionals, and girls age 9-18 with cognitive disabilities should attend this session.

    Cost is $10 per adult. There is no admission charge for individuals with cognitive disabilities.

    A continental breakfast will be provided.

    Register at http://www.usod.org by March 3. Call Lauriek@usod.org with questions.
  • Parent/Son Puberty Workshop
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: March 9, 2019 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence, 5300 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This workshop will teach pre-adolescent boys how their bodies will grow & change during puberty and how to manage this change. Parents, guardians, caretakers, educators, medical professionals, and boys age 9-18 with cognitive disabilities should attend this session.

    Cost is $10 per adult. There is no admission charge for individuals with cognitive disabilities.

    A continental breakfast will be provided.

    Register at http://www.usod.org by March 3. Call Lauriek@usod.org with questions.
  • Relationships & Boundaries - Session 1
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 9, 2019 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence, 5300 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This workshop will teach older teens and adults with cognitive disabilities how to understand the different types of relationships that they will have with people in their life.

    Free snacks will be provided.

    There is no admission charge for this session, but we would appreciate participant registration at

    http://www.usod.org by March 3. Call Lauriek@usod.org with questions.

    A parent waiting room will be available.
  • Relationships & Boundaries - Session 2
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 9, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Crowne Plaza Cleveland South - Independence, 5300 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: This workshop will teach older teens and adults with cognitive disabilities appropriate touch & talk boundaries for different relationships. Rules for private parts will be discussed & healthy and unhealthy boundaries will be compared & contrasted.

    Free snacks will be provided.

    There is no admission charge for this session, but we would appreciate participant registration at
    http://www.usod.org by March 3. Call Lauriek@usod.org with questions.

    A parent waiting room will be available.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: March 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: March 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: March 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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  • Deadline for Family Grant Application
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 16, 2019 - 12:00 am
    Description: Grant guidelines and application can be found at http://www.usod.org.
  • St. Patrick's Dance
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 15, 2019 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals age 18+ with special needs can purchase tickets at http://www.usod.org.

    Cost is $15 which includes dinner.
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  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: March 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.
  • 2nd Annual Sunburst Gala
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 16, 2019 - 11:00 pm
    Location: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113, USA
    Description: Sorry, no tickets will be sold at the door. More details can be found at http://www.usod.org.
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  • Tennis - Cleveland
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: March 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 - South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 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.
  • Bowling Buddies - East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 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.
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  • Registration opens for Steps to Independence
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: March 18, 2019 - 9:30 am
    Description: Registration opens at 9am for our weekend retreat for individuals with Down syndrome age 18+ at Cleveland State University. A link will be sent out via FB & Eblast.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: March 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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  • World Down Syndrome Day
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 22, 2019 - 12:00 am
  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: March 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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  • MBS Movie Night - School of Rock
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 22, 2019 - 8:00 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Individuals age 18+ with Down syndrome are invited to come watch the DVD of The School of Rock movie. RSVP to Linda@usod.org.
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  • Tennis - Akron
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: March 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: March 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.
  • T.E.E.N. Program
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 23, 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 #4 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: 4/13, and 4/27 Cost for the series is $60. Must be registered to attend.
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  • Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: March 30, 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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  • Bowling Buddies - South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: March 31, 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: March 31, 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: March 31, 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.