10th Annual All Born (In) Best Practices & Cross-Disability Inclusion Conference
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Holiday Inn Portland Airport - 8439 Ne Columbia Boulevard, Portland

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”.

The 2015 ABI Conference features 35 workshops in 4 sessions, numerous keynote speakers, entertainment, art sale, and much more.

Annual NWDSA Summer Social
Save the Date! Jul 19, 2015
Camp Angelos

Portland Metro & SW WA Buddy Walk
Save the date! Sep 19, 2015
Rose Quarter Commons

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!

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.

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