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. Read the NWDSA statement of values.

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. Visit the NWDSA’s sister site, to learn more about the All Born (In) cross-disability inclusion movement.

RLC Workshop: Shared Reading
Feb 28th, 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Portland
Cross-Disability, Ages 0-5, Register now

All Born (In) Conference
Cross-Disability Inclusion Conference
May 2nd, 2015 | Pre-Register
Airport Holiday Inn

Bike Week registration is now open! Bike Clinic will be held June 28th through July 2nd 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. 

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Bike First!

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  • Make Your Contributions Go Further

    Looking to maximize your investment in NWDSA? Please check if your company offers a corporate match program and/or an employee giving program.

  • Help get justice for Ethan Saylor

    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.

  • Stop illegal seclusion in Portland Public Schools

    We are asking schools to comply with the law requiring closure of seclusion cells in our schools.

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