Save the date! 12th annual All Born (in) Conference – March 18, 2017 – Holiday Inn Portland Airport

Details coming soon.

11th Annual All Born (In) Conference – April 23rd, 2016

Northwest Down Syndrome Association and All Born (in) wish to thank everyone who came to Cross Disability Best Practices Inclusion Conference. Over 550 attendees (a record!) gathered at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn to participate in 35 workshops on topics ranging from inclusive education to financial planning to disability history and so much more. This year’s attendees included parents, professionals, educators, caregivers, self-advocates, policymakers, and community members all coming together to share ideas about how to reach and teach all children, and support everyone to succeed through transition into adult life.

Our keynote speakers this year were Dr. Richard Villa and Keith Jones. Dr. Villa opened the day with a moving and informative keynote presentation on successful inclusion that energized the room. Mr. Jones made us laugh and think, and challenged ideas about humanity during his lunch time keynote address.

A special Friend of Inclusion award was presented at the end of the day to Nancy Anderson, Assistant Director of Student Services at David Douglas School District. Nancy’s indefatigable support of inclusion has been a gift to our community and the students she serves for many years.

Resources from the sessions and presentations from this year’s conference will be available for download from our websites soon.

The ABI conference would not be possible without our staff and volunteers, support from the community, and the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s conference a success!

Keynote Speakers at the All Born (in) 2016 Conference

Keith Jones is a Disability Rights Activist, Composer, Producer, and Hip Hop Artist. He was featured in the documentary Including Samuel. He is a powerful voice on the issues of access, inclusion and empowerment. Over his years as an advocate, Mr. Jones has received multiple awards and presented entertaining and enlightening keynote speeches nationally and internationally. He is known as a pioneer and a strong advocate on a wide breath of issues.

Keith Jones is the Founder, President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences.

Dr. Richard A. Villa has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators to develop and implement organizational and instructional support systems for educating all students within general education settings. Rich has been a teacher and special educator, pupil personnel services director, and director of instructional services. He works with schools, agencies, and advocacy organizations. He has authored over a hundred articles and book chapters regarding inclusive education. Rich is known for his enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and humorous style of presenting.

2016 All Born (in) Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the All Born (in) Conference Coalition & Steering Committee

Thanks to Jared Holmgren Photography • Jodi Collins • Generous contributions and in-kind support of speakers and numerous others. A special thank you to the Universal Design for Living and Learning Coalition.

Are you interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Angela Frome 503-238-0522

Inspiring the courage to reach and teach all of our children; Best practices to support equity and success.

The annual All Born (in) Conference is an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in neighborhood schools and the community. It’s a day of celebrating community and learning how to 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”.

All teachers, all students, all born (in)

What is All Born (In)?

All Born (In) is a movement in pursuit of an inclusive civil society. A sister project of the NWDSA, ABI seeks to end segregation and promote true choice and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our schools and communities. The ABI Conference was founded by the NWDSA in 2006 in partnership with Portland State University’s joint certification program and the Center on Inclusive Education. It has grown to be a cornerstone resource in the Northwest region, engaging many innovative parents, professionals, and community partners to embrace the gifts of every learner. Conference directors Angela Jarvis-Holland and Angela Frome lead a steering committee of dedicated parents and professionals to plan and execute the annual Conference.

Questions? Contact Angela Frome 503-238-0522.