The Official Portland Metro & SW Washington Buddy Walk® Festival is coming!
Save the date! Saturday, September 20th, 2014
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 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, AllBornIn.org to learn more about the All Born (In) cross-disability inclusion movement.
Latest NWDSA News & Articles
Before I tell you about myself and things I like to do; I want to say thank you to my family and friends for all of the love and help they give me.
In case you don’t know I have Down syndrome. In some ways it makes me different than other people which I think is interesting. In a lot of ways I am the same as you - I like who I am and I like learning with my friends. I consider myself funny, smart, creative in art and friendly.
That is when I realized that the doc’s use of "normal” wasn't just a difference in our vocabulary usage. It reflected a different way of seeing.
It was a picture-worthy moment — an image as adorable as the cuddly kittens in baskets and chunky babies in cornucopias that we see on calendars in shopping malls.
Was that what I was afraid of the day she was born?
Buddy Walk 2013 was a stormy one, with wild winds and rains and plenty that could have gone wrong. But thanks to an incredible amount of good will and creativity, it will go down in memory as a day of community in its truest and deepest sense
Latest Action Alerts
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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.
We are asking schools to comply with the law requiring closure of seclusion cells in our schools.
Latest Advocacy News & Articles
The ADA: Moving Forward event at Portland City Hall on July 26, 2013 celebrated the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
And there it was in black and white: General Education with Special Education Support/Selected. I breathed a sigh of relief.
It’s hard to believe that the transition from early childhood education to kindergarten is just around the corner!