Overcoming Obstacles, Encouraging Abilities

The Developmental Disabilities Association maximizes the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through life-long programs, supports, and advocacy. Over 1,800 individuals and families in the Vancouver and Richmond area are served by the Developmental Disabilities Association every year.


Infant Development Program

The Infant Development Program (IDP) is a family-centered, home-based, consultative program that serves children from birth to three years of age who have developmental disabilities or are at risk of developmental delays.

Children & Youth

Our quality programs support children and their families to develop understanding, acceptance, and respect for diversity. We provide a range of services including inclusive childcare and school-age programs, youth, leisure, and social programs, and children’s respite.

Adult Services

Adult Services supports adults with developmental disabilities as well as their families in Vancouver and Richmond. From day programs to respite services to 24/7 assisted living, our programs are designed to increase individuals’ involvement and contribution to the communities they live in.

Family Support Services

Family Support Services is designed to provide information and guidance to families of those with developmental disabilities.

Recent Podcasts

The Life That’s Chosen Me – From Russia with Love

Making personal sacrifices for your partner’s career is one thing, creating a home in several countries while at the same time caring for a severely disabled child is another. We caught up with Rachelle Rosolofo-Czerwinski to talk about her new memoir, The Life That’s Chosen Me – From Russia With Love.

Vital People – A Career in Care Giving

Ratnam Mathur is one of our valued group home managers who, like many staff at DDA, found a calling that pulled them off a defined path and into a career that meant so much more than money and fancy titles.

DDA Documentary

Inspired by the birth of a boy with Down syndrome, one mother’s bold choice not to institutionalize her child and challenge the status quo led to the formation of an organization that would impact the lives of thousands, inspire generations to fight for human rights and significantly change Canada’s legal and social landscape for people with developmental disabilities. This is our story.

Recent News


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Welcome to the spring 2024 edition of our Star Magazine! DDA staff and clients had an excellent holiday season and gave back to the community in many ways. We are all looking forward to a warm spring and wonderful summer! In this edition, you’ll find stories about… …and much more. A big thanks to everyone …

Christmas Hampers

This year, the Family Support Program held our biggest hamper drive yet.  We purchased 27 Quest Food Exchange hampers, which are Christmas dinner in a box.  Each box came with a turkey, variety of fruits and vegetables, gravy, cranberries, sweet treats, and gift card to Quest Food Exchange.

DDA Careers

#1843 – Manager Residential | Permanent Full Time

Since 1952, Developmental Disabilities Association has been helping thousands of people in BC with developmental disabilities reach their full potential through support and advocacy. We have an amazing opportunity for a Manager in one of our Vancouver Community Programs. This talented and motivated leader ensures that the residence provides a home-like setting which creates a …

#1842 – Float Community Support Worker | Permanent Full Time

Why do people select a particular job? Money, schedule, and fun? How about all of that? The Developmental Disabilities Association needs a Community Support Worker (CSW) to assist clients with their physical, vocational, recreational, social, emotional, and daily life skill development. The CSW supports clients to achieve the greatest degree of independence and quality of …

#1841 – Employment Specialist | Permanent Full Time

If you’re an expert on hiring and coaching people re-entering the workforce and want to work to improve the lives of others, then DDA has a career for you. We are looking for an experienced Employment Specialist to join our expanding team. This role may be tasked with providing transitional support to employers and job …