New Job Opportunities
NWDSA/ABI announces opportunities to join our dynamic, family centered, vibrant organization! These exciting positions offer the ability to truly help families, professionals and those experiencing disability. Click on the links below to download the detailed position descriptions (PDF):
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.
- Read the NWDSA statement of values
- Visit our sister site, AllBornIn.org to learn more about the cross-disability inclusion movement
Latest NWDSA News & Articles
What if you have a child with disabilities who may lack the confidence, balance, and independence to hop on a bike and pedal away? That’s where NWDSA's Bike First summer clinic comes in.
In the end Down syndrome doesn't define our daughter nor does it define us as parents.
Northwest Down Syndrome Association/ABI is incredibly honored and excited to be one of the KPCF Funded Partners.
Latest Action Alerts
Advocacy Alert: Support the draft inclusive education policy statement from the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. It is the purpose of this blog to request comments on the proposed statement. Please review the attached draft policy statement and provide comments no later than 6:00pm EDT, Friday, May 22, 2015.
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Ethan Saylor was a 26 year old man with Down Syndrome who died in the custody of three off-duty Frederick County Deputy Sheriffs on January 12th, 2013. His family has created a petition calling for an independent investigation.
Latest Advocacy News & Articles
Reach 2020 would shift resources to integrate students (Portland Tribune)
When she was just 11, Katie said to her mom over breakfast one morning, “Mom, I want to go to high school, then college, get a job, and have a wedding.”
The ADA: Moving Forward event at Portland City Hall on July 26, 2013 celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.