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


April  2017
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  • Bowling Buddies - Lakewood
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: April 2, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Madison-Square Lanes, 1653 Westwood Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107, USA
    Description: Individuals with Ds are invited to bowl up to 2 games for FREE with their Bowling Buddies! Contact Anne at waters.annie1@gmail.com for more info.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: April 4, 2017 - 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: April 5, 2017 - 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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  • Danie's Day
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: April 8, 2017 - 2:00 pm
    Location: John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Boulevard, University Heights, OH 44118, USA
    Description: Join us at the JCU RecPlex from 11am-2pm for Danie's Day - a FREE event for children, teens, and adults with special needs and their siblings. Participants pair up with a John Carroll student “buddy” for the day and play a variety of games/activities that are geared toward all ages and abilities. Enjoy a FREE lunch with gluten-free and dairy-free options available.

    Register at: https://johncarrolluniversity.wufoo.com/forms/m2gop8o02sb0z6/
  • Buddy Up Tennis - Lorain
    Starts: 11:30 am
    Ends: April 8, 2017 - 1:00 pm
    Location: FoxCreek Golf & Racquet Club, 5445 Beavercrest Dr, Lorain, OH 44053, USA
    Description: Proudly supported by USOD. For more info: http://buddyuptennis.com/buddy-up-location-cleveland-ohio/
  • Artful Adventures
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: April 8, 2017 - 3:00 pm
    Location: USOD Office
    Description: Middle school age individuals with Ds are invited to join us for this fun NEW program that will focus on Music, Cooking, Nature & Art. Contact Barb at barbw@usod.org for more info.
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  • Grandparent's Support Group
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: April 10, 2017 - 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.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: April 11, 2017 - 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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  • Medina Parent's Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 12, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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  • Cleveland Parents Night Out
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 14, 2017 - 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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  • Westside Baby & Toddler Play Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: April 17, 2017 - 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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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: April 18, 2017 - 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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  • Transition Bootcamp
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 20, 2017 - 9:00 pm
    Location: Genesis Building Ltd, 6000 Lombardo Center, Ste 100, Seven Hills, OH, United States
    Description: Transition Bootcamp is intended to provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. This 6-part series is your one-stop shop for all things transition! Print the Transition Boosters flyer for full details and rsvp info.
  • D.A.D.S Group
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: April 20, 2017 - 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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  • USOD Adapted Rec Fair
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: April 22, 2017 - 5:00 pm
    Location: North Royalton Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 5071 Wallings Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133, USA
    Description: Are you looking for fun adapted sports, fitness, camps, activities and more for
    your loved one with special needs? Come see what’s available in Northeast Ohio.
    Also enjoy a performance by Dancing Wheels!

    For more info, contact Laurie at lauriek@usod.org or 216.447.8763 x102.
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  • Baby & Toddler Signing Fun
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: April 25, 2017 - 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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