All services offered by the Developmental Disabilities Association are accredited by CARF. CARF accreditation certifies that the practices and policies of the Developmental Disabilities Association meet or exceed a comprehensive list of international standards that can be applied to Community Service Agencies. Accreditation is achieved following a review of practice by a qualified team of surveyors.
In June of 2015 a team of 4 CARF Surveyors rated the Association on more than 900 Standards and the result was outstanding!
The 2015 Survey resulted in the Association’s fifth 3-year accreditation award.
(The others were in: 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012)
The CARF survey report recognizes the Association for quality and innovation in creating person centered services that achieve meaningful results for individuals and families.
Some of the key strengths of DDA as identified by The CARF Survey team are highlighted below:
The 2015 Accreditation survey results speak both to the quality of the services provided, and the dedication and abilities of employees and volunteers in providing those services.
The CARF Survey team summarized the survey outcome as follows:
“On balance, DDA provides highly valued services and supports to individuals and families in the greater Vancouver area. For decades, DDA has evolved to be a responsive and innovative organization and is considered a leader in the developmental services sector locally and throughout the province. The leadership at DDA is highly respected and has been instrumental in developing and nurturing a culture of commitment and excellence based on the core values of the organization. Staff members at all levels are dedicated and creative, continually designing and implementing individually tailored supports that respond to the unique needs of individuals and families. The organization is especially strong in the area of rights and advocacy, going above and beyond all expectations to create innovative ways to promote inclusion and citizenship, all with the direct involvement of the primary stakeholders of the organization. The overall financial health of DDA has put it in the envious position of being able to develop initiatives and supports that benefit individuals, families, and the community in general. This is an impressive achievement within a constrained economic environment. The organization’s commitment to continuous quality improvement means that it will not simply rest on past accomplishments but will likely continue to pioneer new ideas, remaining current with the needs of the community it serves. This is an organization that has an impressive history of service, advocacy, and community development that remains determined to achieve further levels of excellence.”
Click here to view the 2015 DDA Survey Report from CARF
The Association’s next accreditation survey will take place in the spring of 2018.
The work that leads to continuous improvement and enables future successful accreditation is ongoing. The contributions of everyone at DDA, volunteers, employees, Board Members and community partners, in support of the mission of the Association, enable us to achieve such outstanding accreditation results.
Learn more about our programs accredited by CARF.
DDA’s CARF Report
View the latest full CARF survey report for DDA’s services and programs.
Download our survey results from our clients and families.
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