Registration is live for the 17th Annual Official Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk® Festival - Sat. Sept. 19, 2015, 10 AM - 1 PM
Registration fee: $14 Adult, $7 Child

Register for Buddy Walk now!


We are now accepting applications for the 2015/2016 Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort.

We are looking for parents/guardians who have a child experiencing developmental disability who will be starting kindergarten in 2016 and live in the Portland Metro area or Southwest Washington.

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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 will accomplish this mission by empowering and supporting families and individuals who have been touched by Down syndrome. 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. We believe that relationships are the cornerstones of our organization and that they should be both honored and nurtured.

The NWDSA mission and values are the north star of our organization, and guide us in our work to build a community of informed, empowered parents.

While our roots are as a Down syndrome organization, our work around inclusive schools and communities embraces all learners. In 2005, we started our All Born (In) Cross Disability work.


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