Our Mission

NW Disability Support promotes advocacy and education for an inclusive community.

We achieve this work through two organizations:

Northwest Down Syndrome Association: Creating and nurturing a loving and inclusive community celebrating every person with Down syndrome.  Learn about NWDSA’s programs, supporting individuals from birth through adulthood and their families, at nwdsa.org

ABI Community: A collaboration of programs, trainings, workshops, resources, and supports that has grown around the All Born (in) movement and our annual Cross-Disability Best-Practices Educational Inclusion Conference.  Learn more about the Education, advocacy and training for all disability groups at abicommunity.org

Board of Directors

Steven Holland – President is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in finance, and is currently Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis with The Campbell Group, LLC, and is a CFA. He has been with NW Disability Support since 2001, serving at different times as board member, treasurer and president.

Michelle Wallace – Secretary graduated from Everest College with a Medical Assisting degree. She previously worked for The Arc of Clark County as an administrative assistant for PRIDE, Parent to Parent and Parent Collation. She has been volunteering at NW Disability Support since 2012 and joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

Becky Adelmann – Treasurer worked for over 20 years as a banker followed by 15 years working with Family Voices, a national organization working to improve health care for children with chronic conditions and disability, serving as a family leader at OHSU’s Children Development and Rehabilitation Center, and facilitator of the Dream Builders Cohort in partnership with Community Vision.

Angela Jarvis-Holland – Executive Director has a B.S. in Nursing, a B.A. in Sociology from University of East London and a Master’s degree in Youth and community change and non-profit management from Manchester Metropolitan University. Social Entrepreneurship and community organizing for wellness and empowerment have been a passion and career for many years. Angela volunteered for the NWDSA for seven years before becoming the executive director in 2008.

Angela Frome is a graduate of PSU with a B.S. in Liberal Arts and Science and Women’s Studies, with a background in community supports and organizing. Angela graduated from Partners in Policy Making in 2002 and has worked with Disability Compass, Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Needs, Inclusive Child Care Project, and Inclusion Inc. Angela was a founding member of the Northwest Down Syndrome Parent Support Group in the mid-nineties, which evolved into the NW Disability Support. She currently serves as Project Director.

Abigail Braithwaite holds a bachelor’s degree in Medieval Spanish Literature and worked with at-risk youth in a variety of settings before becoming a mom. She joined the NW Disability Support board in the fall of 2007, and works as a volunteer on new parent outreach, project support, writing and communications.

Giuseppe Lipari  is a creative director working in a freelance capacity as well as with local and national companies for branding marketing and design needs. He joined the NW Disability Support Advisory Board in 2008 and the Board of Directors in 2010.

Ruth Falco directs the Research Center on Inclusive and Effective Educational Practices at PSU. Her areas of research include transition from preschool to kindergarten for children with extensive support needs, implementation multi-tiered supports for all children in general education classes, and comprehensive educational and support programs for children with autism and other significant disabilities.

Isis Sanchez holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and works in a tuition-free private middle school with at-risk youth who live in low-come households. She began working as a volunteer on Hispanic outreach with the NW Disability Support in 2008 and joined the board in the fall of 2014.

Nancy Anderson is Assistant Director of Student Services at the David Douglas School District. She coordinates special education services for children in Multnomah County, supports preschool to grade 3 programs in collaboration with the Early Leaning Multnomah Regional HUB, and is a member of two statewide Early Learning Council Workgroups. She coordinates Kindergarten transition work through multiple programs.