Our community lost a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle and a true friend this weekend, after a short and graceful battle with cancer. We will be gathering to celebrate the life of Alan Jarvis this Thursday Jan 28th with a memorial at the Tony Starlight Showroom, located at 1125 SE Madison St in Portland. Thanks to Brett and Sherry Kucera for providing the location to celebrate Alan in style. There will be English food and of course tea. In lieu of flowers, Alan would have preferred people make a donation to NWDSA (click here).

Bike Week is June 20 - 24, 2016 - Registration is now open!

Bike First! is proud to promote inclusion by teaching individuals with disabilities the skills needed to ride typical bicycles.

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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.

Kindergarten Transition Workshop
Mar 12th, 8:30 AM - 1 PM
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2016 All Born (In) Conference
Save the date! April 23, 2016
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Latest NWDSA News & Articles

  • ABI is not just about schools, about Special Ed, about getting my kid through school and helping other parents do the same. It’s about the long haul, and about building communities that understand that All Means All, that when we take the time to truly embrace and celebrate our differences, we will be the best world

  • Edie realized that in 1976, society didn’t have much space for a child with Down syndrome, and she was appalled to realize how poorly her son and his peers could be treated, how low expectations were, and how few opportunities there were for him to learn and thrive. Things were going to be different in the Brown family, and so began a long life of advocacy.

  • 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.

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Latest Advocacy News & Articles

  • 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.

  • Reach 2020 would shift resources to integrate students (Portland Tribune)