Oregon Able Savings Plan has launched, opening up new savings opportunities for Oregonians with disabilities

The Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was passed by Congress in December of 2014. People with eligible disabilities could finally save for their everyday needs, invest in a tax-free account, and prepare for the future without losing their state or federal benefits.

The Oregon ABLE Savings Plan was established by a group of self-advocates, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. This unique program provides eligible residents and their families the resources, support and holistic services to reach their financial goals.

Our mission is to help everyone with an eligible disability be empowered to make decisions with their money that impacts their health, independence and quality of life so that they can be ready for whatever tomorrow may bring.

Learn more on our Financial Resources Page

Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon 529 Savings Network, and Angela Jarvis-Holland and Steve Holland from NWDSA/ABI, appeared on the radio program "Situations & Conversations with Tra'Renee" to discuss the newly launched Oregon ABLE Savings Plan.  Listen to this very informative conversation.


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.


Featured Upcoming Events, Trainings & Workshops


Kindergarten Transition Bootcamp
Tips & tools to get ready for the big day
Jan 28, MESD Auditorium


RLC Workshop: A Father's Panel
Interactive session led by fathers
Feb 4, Montavilla Methodist Church


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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.