April 13, 2013 – 8:30am to 5:30pm
Holiday Inn Airport

8439 Northeast Columbia Boulevard Portland, OR 97220 (directions)

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8th Annual Educational Best Practices and Cross-Disability Inclusion Conference

Tools, networking and inspiration for parents, professionals and community advocates committed to inclusion and universal design for learning and ending segregation.

This is an exciting day for parents, caregivers, and professionals working to end segregation in neighborhood schools and the community at large. 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”.

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

All Born (In) is a parent-driven, best practices initiative created by the Northwest Down Syndrome Association in partnership with Portland State University, the Universal Design for Living and Learning Coalition, and many other innovative parents and professionals. Join us to refresh your skills and commitment to the right to belong for every child. Find capacity, tools, vision and community for the work ahead in these difficult times.

Questions? Contact Angela Frome 503-238-0522.


Registering for the Conference

Register online
Register online (link will take you to registration at NWDSA.org)

Haga clic aquí para registrarse en Español

Register by mail
Print and mail the registration form along with a check for $50 per registrant to:
NWDSA, PO Box 9127, Portland OR 97207.
Download and print the registration form in English or Spanish.


Paying for the Conference

The registration fee is $50 per person (breakfast and lunch included) which you can pay with a credit card or PayPal.

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for families experiencing severe financial hardship only. Please contact us at (503) 238-0522 to find out if you qualify.

Families in Multnomah County that are registered with the Developmental Disabilities system might be able to get help paying for the conference with Family Support Funding. Call your case manager to discuss it.


2013 Keynote speakers and Guest presenters

Morning keynote: “What gets results; Creating a compass to chart the course for a full life” presented by Connie Lyle O’Brien, M.S.W.

Lunch keynote: “Universal Design for Learning: Teaching to meet the needs of all learners” presented by Tracey E. Hall, Ph.D.

Special National Guest Presenter Joy Smiley Zabala, presenting the sessions: “Accessible Instructional Materials: Keys to inclusive access, participation and achievement for all” and “Accessible and inclusive tools: UDL techniques for successful classrooms”.