Adult Services supports adults with a developmental disability as well as their families. All of our programs strive to increase individual’s involvement and contribution to the communities they live in.

Residential programs offer different levels of support depending on the needs of the individual. They range from community apartments with minimal weekly support, to homes that support individuals with multiple complex medical and psychological needs.

Day programs provide educational, recreational and volunteer opportunities to participants while encouraging community interaction.

Respite services gives parents and primary caregivers a chance to relax and enjoy some time to themselves.

Employment opportunities and supported employment can also be found through our Jobs West program.

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Residential Services

We have 13 residences in Vancouver and 6 in Richmond that are all specialized according to the individuals living in them. DDA is accommodating the needs of seniors, those with medical issues, to those with behavioural support needs by ensuring there is the structural, environmental and expertise incorporated into the program that is supporting them.

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Group Homes

DDA offers a wide variety of living arrangements to adults with a developmental disability. Customized living arrangements meet the needs of our senior individuals, individuals with medical issues and those with behavioural support needs. Homes are chosen to fit  into the surrounding community and are situated to readily enable individuals who reside there to access their Vancouver and Richmond neighbourhoods. The range of support offered in the group homes is as varied as the number of homes that exist.
For more information, please contact Tasia Alexis at talexis@develop.bc.ca or Donna Cain at dcain@develop.bc.ca

Community Apartment Program (CAP)

Residents live alone (or as a couple) in an apartment that they own or rent themselves. Residents receive ongoing or occasional support in financial management, health and nutrition, relationship building, and developing strong links with people in their community.

For more information please contact Yvonne Peters at 604-233-5450 or ypeters@develop.bc.ca.

Individual Care Network (Home Share Program)

Individuals share a family home, basement suite or share an apartment with a roommate. Individuals receive ongoing or occasional support from home share providers, or roommates in financial management, health and nutrition, relationship building, and developing strong links with people in their community.

For more information please contact Terry Schenkel at 604-233-5433 or tschenkel@develop.bc.ca

Day Programs

The Developmental Disabilities Association’s adult day programs consist of recreational, social, educational and behavioral skills training for individuals with a developmental disability.

We have four centres in Vancouver each serving 20-35 people. Individuals in our programs gain greater independence and quality of life through participation in community-based social, recreational and vocational activities.

Each client is assisted by program staff to develop a personalized program of activities that reflect his or her needs and preferences.

All day programs are currently full and funded spaces require a referral from CLBC. Depending on suitability, we can also customize a program for those with private funding.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact Deanne Ziebart at dziebart@develop.bc.ca or 604-273-9778.

For the Vancouver CLBC Office please call 604-660-3323 or email vancouver@communitylivingbc.ca.

For the Richmond CLBC Office please call 604-660-2100 or email richmond@communitylivingbc.ca.

Main Street Drop-In

At the Drop-In, individuals participate in activities of their choice. Each day a variety of activities are offered, ranging from one to four hours in length for semi-independent adults who live with families or on their own. Evening and weekend activities are offered on a first come first served basis

Drop-In activities may include:

  • Healthy Living and Weight Loss Group
  • Diabetes Support Group
  • Wellness Group
  • Self-Advocates Group
  • Literacy Classes
  • Hot Lunch preparation
  • Art Program
  • Volunteer Work

Jobs West

Jobs West is the supported employment division of the DDA and has been in operation since 1985. Jobs West assists adults with developmental disabilities to prepare for, find and keep community based work placements.

VISIT THE JOBS WEST WEBSITE

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Holiday Options

The Holiday Options Program provides an opportunity for youth and adults (ages 18+) to participate in a variety of summer excursions.

 Day trips may include taking a paddle-wheeler up the Fraser River, dining aboard a cruise boat and other community-based recreational activities. Out-of-town trips explore popular vacation sites in British Columbia and may feature far away destinations such as Alaska and/or Hawaii. Each trip begins and ends with the same goal: to provide fun, interesting and exciting experiences for youths and adults with developmental disabilities who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

The program operates June through August.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact the Holiday Option’s Program Manager at T: 604-321-4745 Email: holidayoptions@develop.bc.ca

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