About Us

The Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio (USOD) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support, education and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and communities. USOD is the primary resource in Northeast Ohio for families and communities regarding Down syndrome, where all people are accepted, included and empowered.  The Up Side of Downs envisions a community where people with Down syndrome have limitless opportunities and the ability to pursue their dreams.

In the early 1980’s, a handful of parents whose children had Down syndrome began to meet informally over coffee for socialization and support.  More than thirty years later, with the help of many dedicated people, their vision and hard work has taken The Up Side of Downs from a grassroots parent movement to a staffed nonprofit organization joining families throughout Northeast Ohio.

USOD currently serves 16 counties in Northeast Ohio. We provide support to over 900 families and the professionals who serve them.