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".
ABI is a program of NW Disability Support and is a movement in pursuit of an inclusive civil society. ABI seeks to end segregation and promote the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our schools and communities. The conference was founded in 2006 in partnership with Portland State University’s joint certification program and the Center on Inclusive Education. It has grown to become a cornerstone resource in the Northwest region, engaging many innovative parents, professionals, and community partners to embrace the fact that children are all born “in”. Conference directors Angela Jarvis-Holland and Angela Frome lead a steering committee of dedicated parents and professionals to plan and execute the conference.
"Disability is a natural part of the human experience that does not diminish the right of individuals with developmental disabilities to enjoy the opportunity to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, and experience full integration and inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society." Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
Diagnosed with a learning disability in the third grade and placed in segregated classrooms, LeDerick Horne defies any and all labels. He’s a dynamic spoken-word poet. A tireless advocate for all people with disabilities. An inspiring motivational speaker. A bridge-builder between learners and leaders across the U.S. and around the world. An African-American husband and father who serves as a role model for all races, genders, and generations. www.LeDerick.com
Special Guest Presenters
Stephanie Smith Lee: Senior Policy Advisor for NDSC
Ritu Chopra: Executive Director of The Paraprofessional Resource and Research (PAR2A) Center at the School of Human Development and Education, University of Colorado.
Debra Hart: Director of the Education and Transition Team for the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts
& many more local, regional, and national experts.
|7:45 – 8:30 AM||Check-in: Pick up registration packets in the main conference lobby|
|8:30 – 8:45 AM||Welcome address from Premier Sponsor Portland Public Schools: Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendant|
|8:45 – 9:45 AM||Morning keynote address presented by LeDerick Horne|
|9:45 – 10:00 AM||Break|
|10:00 – 11:10 AM||Session 1|
|11:10 – 11:20 AM||Break|
|11:20 AM – 12:30 PM||Session 2|
|12:45 – 1:30 PM||Lunch, mingling, sponsor & partner thanks|
|1:30 – 1:40 PM||Break|
|1:40 – 2:50 PM||Session 3|
|2:50 – 3:00 PM||Break|
|3:00 – 4:10 PM||Session 4|
|4:15 – 5:30 PM||Closing keynote: Steven Holland: President; Angela Jarvis-Holland: Executive Director, NW Disability Support; “We All Belong: End Segregation Now!” presentation from ABI’s Social Justice Youth Program/Youth Track; evaluations, raffle|
|5:30 - 6:00 PM||End of day celebration with music, cake, cash bar|
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.
NW Disability Support is an approved vendor for the All Born (in) 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.
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