What is the Portland Gathering?

What is the Portland Gathering All About?

The Portland Gathering is three and a half days of intense learning, sharing and connecting. You will quickly realize this is like no other learning event. There will be time to listen to others share their learning with large groups, participate in small groups and have casual conversation about topics you’re most interested in.

It is place where people with disabilities, family members, advocates and supporters from various organizations and systems can come together on a level playing field to make a real difference in real time. No matter how long you have been connected to person-centered work or The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, your input is necessary, valued and welcomed.

What Should I Know?

We are a casual bunch!

Dress at the Portland Gathering is always very casual. We encourage everyone to dress in comfortable clothes and have layers available as the temperature may fluctuate in the meeting spaces and Oregon weather has a mind of its own.

Other tips

Here are some other tips from your hosts: 

  • Portland weather is usually sunny and warm in July, but we’re also famous for our rain. Be prepared!
  • Come expecting to actively participate. This is not a passive “conference.” Come seeking information and bringing your own experiences to share.
  • The “Learning Marketplace” is an opportunity to create and/or join sessions that meet your specific interests. Learning Marketplace sessions have covered topics ranging from Assistive Technology, Social Media, and Planning in Schools to Hula Hooping and Line Dancing.
  • Reach out and meet new people! Don’t just keep to yourself… there will be many opportunities all week to connect with others. Take advantage of it!

Portland 101

Portland is a vibrant city with lots to explore.

  • Getting Here – Everything you need to know about arriving in Portland by plane or train.
  • At the Hotel – Transportation Tips specific to this year’s venue.
  • Getting Around – Learn how easy it is to travel by light rail, streetcar, bus, bike, foot or car.
  • Maps – Find maps of the city and region and specialized transportation maps.
  • Food & Drink – Discover why Condé Nast Traveler says Portland “has captured the imagination of food-obsessed Americans.” (March 2013)
  • Activities & Attractions – Portland’s unexpected attractions range from gardens and museums to retailers of coffee, doughnuts and books, while tax-free shopping, cycling and hiking top the to-do list.

Contact Us

Contact Us

+1 (503) 427-9688

The Gathering support team at The Arc Oregon works Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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