Dear friends,

Please join me on this Giving Tuesday with a gift to the Northwest Down Syndrome Association & All Born (in). Our work is focused on a message we can all get behind – building inclusive, livable communities that embrace the strengths and gifts of everyone. My own son Daniel is 17, and, having grown up in the shelter of our work, is now a practiced public speaker, a fierce advocate, an active member of the Social Justice Youth Program, and planning for college.

From the Reciprocal Learning Community to Think College Inclusion of Oregon, from Open Arms Playgroup to the All Born (In) conference, our programs support and empower families and youth with disabilities to be a part of the change they wish to see.

I know that when we come together with power and passion we can truly make a difference in the lives of the more than 2,700 families and professionals we serve, and in our wider community.

Please join me in a gift today, and make your Giving Tuesday dollars make a real difference!


Angela Jarvis-Holland, Executive Director

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

Toast to Inclusion
Benefit for Kindergarten Cohort

Dec 2, Portland Community Room, 21+

Winter Social
Our annual holiday celebration
Dec 11, JJ Jump - RSVP Req'd

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.