12th Annual All Born (In) Cross-Disability Best Practices Educational Inclusion Conference
"INCLUSION: It's about HUMANITY"

Sat, March 18th, 2017 - 8:30 am-5:30 pm - Holiday Inn Portland Airport

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Featuring 32 workshops, keynote addresses, panel discussions, entertainment, art sale, and much more! This is an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in neighborhood schools and the community. Come celebrate and learn how we can use Universal Design for Learning and Best Practices to reach and teach every child. Share, learn and make connections so that we can all go forth to open the eyes of the wider community to the fact that our children are all born "in".

2017 Keynote speakers and Guest presenters

“How Universal Design for Learning is Like a Trip to the Beach with 30 Friends and Family”
Presented by Elizabeth Stein: Educator, UDL Instructional Coach, Author

“Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize; Policy Process and Change, Values Driven Leadership, and Advocacy that Promotes Inclusion and Success for All Students” 
Lunch Keynote & Special Policy Panel presented by Rebecca Cokley: Executive Director, National Council on Disability


Bike Week registration is now open! Bike Clinic will be held June 19th through June 23rd in the gymnasium of Concordia University.

Bike Week is a magical time for everyone. People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at the clinics, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, and other developmental delays. 


Welcome to the Northwest Down Syndrome Association

The NWDSA has been a parent-driven family support network since 1997. The NWDSA’s mission is to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with a disability including Down syndrome.

The NWDSA/ABI will accomplish this mission by empowering and supporting families and individuals who have been touched by developmental disability. Together with our cross-disability sister project, All Born (In), founded in 2006, we will work to increase education, promote public understanding and acceptance, work toward full inclusion, and defend the civil rights of individuals with Down syndrome. Our vision also embraces professionals and the cross-disability community. Our statement of values is the core of our organization and the basis for how we make decisions to support our mission.

We believe that relationships are the cornerstones of our organization and that they should be both honored and nurtured.


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Latest Advocacy News & Articles

  • “Going into this camp, I thought social justice was only about helping people who can’t help themselves…but I learned that it is so much more. In order to create social justice, we have to start with ourselves.” – James, 2016 Social Justice Youth Summer Camp Participant

  • For the first time in Oregon, individuals with intellectual disabilities will have access to an inclusive postsecondary education at a four-year university, thanks to the efforts of Think College Inclusion Oregon, Northwest Down Syndrome Association/All Born (in), and Portland State University.

  • In January 2012, attorneys from DRO filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Oregon, contending that its use of “sheltered workshops” violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating people with disabilities from the workforce.