Featuring over 30 workshops spanning early childhood to college transition, keynote presentations by behavior specialist David Pitonyak and educator and former OSEP director Melody Musgrove, panel discussions, special guests, entertainment, art sale, and much more!

Saturday April 21, 2018, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97220

Schedule of the day





7:45–8:30 Check-in: Pick up registration packets and check in at the main conference lobby 12:30–12:45 Pick up box lunch in main conference room
8:30–8:45 Welcome address from ABI and premier sponsor Portland Public Schools. Bagels, coffee, juice provided 12:45–1:30 Lunch keynote address: Inclusive Education and the Benefits for ALL students; It’s never too early for inclusion , presented by Melody Musgrove
8:45–9:45 Morning keynote address: The Importance of Belonging; We are born ready, presented by David Pitonyak 1:30–1:40 Break
9:45–10:00 Break 1:40–2:50 Session 3
10:00–11:10 Session 1 2:50–3:00 Break
11:10–11:20 Break 3:00–4:10 Session 4
11:20–12:30 Session 2 4:15–5:30 Closing remarks, special presentation by ABI's Social Justice Youth Program, no-host bar, cake, live music from Newell Briggs & Mike Vanliew




Keynote Presenters & Special Guests

This year we welcome keynote speaker David Pitonyak, Behavior Specialist and Director at Imagine; and Melody Musgrove, Ed.D: Co-Director of Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at University of Mississippi, former OSEP Director. Both are also offering workshops during the conference in addition to their keynote addresses.

Activist, father, and musician Keith Jones will be joining us again this year to present workshops on intersectionality of race and disability.

Amber Smock, Activist and Director of Advocacy at Access Living in Chicago, will be presenting a workshop to Social Justice Youth Group members.


Think College Master Session

Register now for the Think College Coalition Master Session on Friday, April 20th (the day before the conference), to receive a full day of info about college opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.


K Plan Family Training

If you have skills training built into your K Plan, the All Born (In) Conference registration fee can possibly be covered through K Plan under ‘family training’. Call your case manager for more information.

NWDSA is an approved vendor for the ABI Conference with Washington, Clackamas, Lane, and Multnomah Counties. If you are in an Oregon county outside that area, just let us know and we will send a vendor packet to you.


Reflections from the conference...

“What makes All Born (In) unique (in my opinion the best anywhere) is its cross disability emphasis and alliance with self advocacy. It is what real community organizing looks like!”

"Hearing All Born (In) speakers lay out all the arguments [we] have used this year, seeing the research to support those arguments in plain pixels on the screen, being reminded that life is so much more the PTOTSPEECH, that this is real, vital, true HARD WORK every step of the way, that there are teachers and administrators and employers and more who get it. My kids — all kids –deserve more and better. And we will move forever forward."

"Look at how many MORE people are learning how to write successful IEPs this year. Education is so important!"

"A dynamic, powerful day!"

"The power of family and educators working together"

"Choices of sessions were great and covered so many levels and needs"

"Amazing...teachers, policy makers, parents, self-advocates all working towards a common goal of belonging for everyone"


All Born (in) Conference 2018 Sponsors

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