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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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: December 5, 2016 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
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  • Karaoke at Toth's Place
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 7, 2016 - 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.
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  • Eastside Baby & Toddler Gathering
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 8, 2016 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Mayfield Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 500 Som Center Rd, Mayfield, OH 44143, USA
    Description: Bring your little ones for some family fun! RSVP to Laurie at lauriek@usod.org.
  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 8, 2016 - 9:00 pm
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 9, 2016 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Panera Bread, 6700 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • USOD on the Polar Express
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 11, 2016 - 10:00 pm
    Location: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Brecksville Station, Brecksville, OH 44141, USA
    Description: Join USOD for a magical journey to the North Pole in our private car. RSVP to Barb at 216.447.8763 x105 or barbw@usod.org.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: December 12, 2016 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: December 12, 2016 - 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.
  • Akron Family Play Group
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: December 12, 2016 - 8:30 pm
    Location: Reinecker's Bakery, S., 8575 S Fwy Dr, Macedonia, OH 44056, United States
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • Parents of Adults with DS
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 13, 2016 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Up Side of Downs, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131, United States
    Description: RSVP to Laurie at 216.702.3820 or lauriek@usod.org.
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  • D.A.D.S Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 15, 2016 - 9:00 pm
    Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Akron - Fairlawn, 3150 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44333, United States
    Description: RSVP to Sam at 330.338.2465 or slawhorn82@gmail.com.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: December 19, 2016 - 10:30 am
    Location: USOD Office, 6533-B Brecksville Road, Independence, OH 44131
    Description: Come learn basic sign language for ages 0-5. RSVP to Amanda at 419.656.5004.
  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: December 19, 2016 - 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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