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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  • Bowling Buddies East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 5, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Down syndrome to bowl up to two games and shoe rental. Please RSVP to barbw@usod.org
  • Bowling Buddies West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 5, 2020 - 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 Down syndrome to bowl up to two games per week and shoe rental. RSVP to Anne Waters at waters.annie1@gmail.com
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  • Dads' Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 8, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Fat Heads Brewery, 17450 Engle, Lake Abram Dr, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130, USA
    Description: RSVP to Matt at dadsgroup@theupsideofdowns.org
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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 9, 2020 - 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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  • Independence Moms Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: January 10, 2020 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Melt Bar and Grilled, 6700 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: RSVP to rich@usod.org
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  • Bowling Buddies South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 12, 2020 - 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 Down syndrome to bowl up to two games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 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: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 13, 2020 - 8:30 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
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  • Circle of Support
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 15, 2020 - 7:30 pm
    Location: The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, 6533-B Brecksville Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
    Description: Guest speaker is Takisha Fuller from the Alzheimer's Association. She will be presenting on Alzheimer's in people with Down syndrome. This meeting is open to all. RSVP to debbie@usod.org
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  • East Side Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 16, 2020 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: RSVP to lauriek@usod.org
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  • Bowling Buddies East
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 19, 2020 - 4:00 pm
    Location: RollHouse Entertainment Solon, 33185 Bainbridge Rd, Solon, OH 44139, USA
    Description: USOD will pick up the cost for our buddies with Down syndrome to bowl up to two games and shoe rental. Please RSVP to barbw@usod.org
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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: January 20, 2020 - 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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  • Bowling Buddies West
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2020 - 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 Down syndrome to bowl up to two games per week and shoe rental. RSVP to Anne Waters at waters.annie1@gmail.com
  • Bowling Buddies South
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: January 26, 2020 - 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 Down syndrome to bowl up to two games and shoe rental. RSVP to barbw@usod.org
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