Reflections

“More emotions than I can count or process today. But let’s start with gratitude and a big dose of validation. This has been a hard year of school. And sometimes I was wondering if I was just an inclusion Pollyanna, making this stuff up to make myself feel better. 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. I laughed, I cried, I raged and at the end, I am just ever so grateful that I have this movement, these people as my home base. I am not crazy. My kids — all kids –deserve more and better. And we will move forever forward.”

“I reflect on all I have heard today at the All Born In conference. I see [my son] in a new light. I see US in a new light. We work hard for the life that he has. He IS amazing!!!!!! He Is part of the ALL. ALL means ALL!!! He will do great things in his life time. I will fight for him and the ALL that need us to fight so that they get the life they deserve”

“Amazing day, inspiring, educational and emotional…every step we take to remind people of the importance of our children in school and this world included is most important! Finding a voice even when it is hard is our goal. I felt the heart and soul of so many people there hoping to change the world one person at a time. Thank you NWDSA for a the work and support you give our community.”

“This was my first time at All Born (in) and definitely not my last. It was really nice to be part of an inclusion conference. Even though it is hard work, it is SO worthwhile and important. Thanks for your advocacy and your awesomeness!”

“Enjoyed the opportunity to be “Real” with families and educators. Speaking always brings a lot to the table and opens new ways to approach situations”

“Great to watch how ABI has grown over the years. Lots of hard work and dedication is evident.”

“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!”

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

“Just the shot in the arm we needed! Thank you Angela, NWDSA and all the strong leaders and advocates who help shine the light… So grateful.”


12th Annual All Born (In) Conference – 2017

Theme: "Inclusion: It's About Humanity

This year we were proud to host several leaders from the disability community to inspire and guide us.

The morning keynote —”How Universal Design for Learning is Like a Trip to the Beach with 30 Friends and Family”—was presented by Elizabeth Stein, a dynamic, nationally-renowned educator and author.

During lunch, an all-star policy panel moderated by Rebecca Cokley —Executive Director of National Council on Disability and former White House Director— addressed parents and advocates. Panelists included Stephanie Smith Lee from National Down Syndrome Congress, community advocate Keith Jones, Bob Joondeph from Disability Rights Oregon, and Representative Sara Gelser.

Sponsors

Portland Public Schools • Multnomah Early Childhood Program • West Linn-Wilsonville School District • Columbia Regional Program • Latitudes • Early Learning Multnomah • Independence NW • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities • Concordia University • Oregon 529 Savings Network • Carol & Velma Saling Foundation • The Standard • Clark Co • Disability Rights Oregon • DSAMC • David Douglas • Brown & Brown Northwest • Multnomah County • Bike First!


11th Annual All Born (In) Conference – 2016

Theme: "We are all born in - Collaborating to support inclusion & equity"

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.

Sponsors

The Standard • The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation • David Douglas School District • West Linn / Wilsonville School District • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities • Early Learning Multnomah • Independence NW • Concordia University • Oregon 529 Savings Network • OrFIRST • DSAMC • Multnomah County • Inclusive Childcare Program • Portland Public Schools • United Cerebral Palsy • Multnomah Education Service District • Disability Rights Oregon


10th Annual All Born (In) Conference – 2015

Theme: "All Means All"

Sponsors

Northwest Down Syndrome Association • Grow the Good • Kaiser Permanente Community Fund • Meyer Memorial Trust

Concordia University • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities • David Douglas School District

Oregon Health & Sciences University • Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Services • Portland Public Schools • The Standard • Clark County, Washington • Becker Capital Management • Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion • Lifeworks (Arc of Cowlitz County) • MESD: Multnomah Education Services Division • Community Vision, Inc. • Northwest Health Foundation • United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington • TASH


9th Annual All Born (In) Conference – 2014

Theme: "We All Have the Same Dreams"

Sponsors

Northwest Down Syndrome Association • The Campbell Group / Grow the Good

David Douglas School District / MECP • FACT: Families & Community Together

Multnomah County Developmental Disabilities Services • Concordia University • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities • Wells Fargo • The Standard

Northwest Health Foundation • Community Vision, Inc. • Portland Public Schools Office of Equity and Diversity • Down Syndrome Network of Oregon • United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington • Down Syndrome Association of the Mid-Columbia • Benton County Developmental Disabilities Services • Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion • Portland State University • Lifeworks (Arc of Cowlitz County) • MESD: Multnomah Education Services Division


8th Annual All Born (In) Conference – 2013

Theme: "We live together, we play together, we want to go to school together"

Sponsors

Arc of Cowlitz County • Campbell Group • Center on Inclusion • Community Vision • Concordia University • DSAMC • FACT • Holland Knight • MESD • Portland State University • The Standard • United Cerebral Palsy • Urban Photography • Wells Fargo • Inclusive Childcare Project • Small Comfort Chocolates


 

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