Talk to a Parent
You may contact any of the people listed below – we would be very happy to talk with you! An experienced parent of a child with Down syndrome can be a source of comfort and reassurance to you. If you would like a visit in your home, in our office or over a cup of coffee in a café, let us know, and we will be glad to meet with you! We sincerely care about you and your child – call one of us, or all of us!
Talk to a Mom
Angela Jarvis-Holland • (503) 239-8526 • email@example.com
Abby Braithwaite • (971) 998-8744 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Isis Sanchez (Espanol) • (503) 442-5817 • email@example.com
Talk to a Dad
Steven Holland • (503) 239-8526 • firstname.lastname@example.org
“Being able to hear the voice of a mother so upbeat, swelling with pride as she talked about both of her children – one with Down syndrome, one without – helped get my attitude in an upswing. Up to this point, I hadn’t been able to visualize a happy, functional life that included a special-needs child. Angela helped paint that picture for me for the very first time.”
NWDSA Resourcefulness Center
The Resourcefulness Center is a place where families can come meet other parents, explore our resource library, and connect with the community. There is always a warm cup of tea at the ready, and a place for children to play.
11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Suite 321
Portland, OR 97220
Phone (503) 238-0522
Drop-In Hours are every Thursday, noon to 2 PM.
We offer parental support as well as IEP support every Thursday from September through June. If you need to stop by any other time,
just give us a call to make arrangements at (503) 238-0522.
- Open Arms Play Groups for children age birth through five (abicommunity.org)
- Club Upside, an all-ages open gym for children with disabilities and their siblings (abicommunity.org)
- Winter & Summer Socials are opportunities for families in the Down syndrome community to gather and celebrate
- Buddy Fest NW is our annual fundraiser and the biggest party of the year!
- Reciprocal Learning Community Workshops, helping parents of children with disabilities age birth through five become informed, empowered experts on their children’s development and wellness (abicommunity.org)
- Kindergarten Inclusion Cohort provides support to parents of children with disabilities to get them off to a great start in kindergarten (abicommunity.org)
As parents, you are probably looking for all the information you can find about Down syndrome and how to care for your child. There is an almost infinite amount of information available on the internet and we want to offer a word of caution, as much of it is out of date, or just misinformation. Here are a few websites that we recommend. But remember, the thing your baby needs most is you!
- Disability Is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children With Disabilities by Kathie Snow
- The Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook: A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles by Joan Guthrie Medlen
- Fine Motor Skills for Children With Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents And Professionals by Patricia C. Winders