NWDSA Resourcefulness Center Location
11611 NE Ainsworth Circle
Portland, OR 97220
Special Education Support Weekly Drop-in Hours
Every Thursday • Noon-2 PM at the Resourcefulness Center
Inclusion -- transition -- IEP goals -- meeting preparation -- Spanish support available
Explore our resources and talk to veteran parent advocates with personal expertise -- we can help with your questions and concerns.
Browse our small lending library and file cabinets full of books, handouts, software, and multimedia. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. Arrange to meet a friend or just come on your own. Enjoy tea and cookies while you connect with staff and other parents. The Resourcefulness Center is your center!
Special education is complicated; you don't have to go through it alone.
Story of the NWDSA Resourcefulness Center
The NWDSA was founded by and for parents, and like many other small non-profits, our early years saw incredible work and creativity coming out of work sessions around dining room tables across the Portland Metro area. When we moved into our first Resourcefulness Center in the summer of 2007, Board members dug through basements and closets to bring out file boxes full of the history of the New Parent Guide, Open Arms Playgroup, the Reciprocal Learning Community, the All Born “In” conference and many Buddy Walks and family socials past.
Our first Center was in a storefront on NE Glisan Street, and many hours were put into building a homey, comfortable and welcoming space in that location. We worked there for about three years, until in 2010 former MESD Superintendent Ron Hitchcock welcomed us into the MESD administration building in Northeast Portland. We have been there ever since, and this space has given us an incredible place to grow our work over the past three years. For more on the history of the Resourcefulness Center, please read the articles below.
Thanks to an enduring relationship with MESD we have access to larger meeting spaces in the building, and are able to host trainings, meetings and social events here as well. The space is available for parents and other community members to host their own meetings, and there is an area for children to play for those who have children in tow when they drop in.
We frequently host meetings with partners and collaborators, and we have worked hard to create a culture where all visitors to our center feel at home, in a space where we do quality work as a community. There is always a teakettle at the ready, and we are never without chocolate and time to sit and connect. Drop-in for a visit sometime!