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
Learn more | Session descriptions
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.
- Learn more about Bike Week
- Register for Bike Week
- Register for Quick Start / Refresher Course
- Volunteer for Bike Week
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.
Latest NWDSA News & Articles
There were many false starts as she remembered the tricks she’d learned, and remembered to trust her mother, but in time we made it to the park. And let me tell you, that was one proud little girl.
The Northwest Down Syndrome Association kicked off its annual Bike First camp Monday, giving children with disabilities another way to have fun this summer.
We are excited to welcome Susan Hiler as our new 2016 Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk Chair!
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.
Looking to maximize your investment in NWDSA? Please check if your company offers a corporate match program and/or an employee giving program.
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
“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.