18th Annual Portland Metro & SW Washington
Buddy Walk® Festival
Saturday Sep 24, 2016, 10 AM - 1:30 PM
Rose Quarter Commons, Main Amphitheater & Center Court

Online registration is now closed. You can still register at the event.

Donations to support teams or the event can still be made online!

Featuring special guest speaker Megan Bomgaars -- self-advocate, entrepreneur, and star of the A&E show Born This Way.

2016 Buddy Walk Sponsors
Latitudes • Rose City Sound • Campbell Global • Key Event Services • Image Pressworks
Lawyers Title • Wells Fargo • Brown & Brown • The Children's Clinic • XAG • Widmer Bros.
Harmony Dental • Barren Liebman • Ficklezeal Photography • Windermere Real Estate
Lithtex • Parties Inc • Dreyer's • Gevurtz Menashe • Ruby Red Bookeeping • Urban Nest Realty


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.

Featured Upcoming Events, Trainings & Workshops

Portland Metro & SW Washington
Buddy Walk Festival

Sept 24, Rose Quarter

Winter Social
Our annual holiday celebration
Dec 11, JJ Jump

Latest NWDSA News & Articles

Latest Action Alerts

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.