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

Standing at the Intersection of Race and Disability is Rabia Khedr

It’s one thing to have a disability and feel left out, it’s another to be part of a racially marginalized group as well. We chat with Rabia Khedr, founder of Race and Disability Canada in this Encouraging Abilities podcast.

Elliot Hedley: Disability Advocate One Song and One Documentary at a Time

The disability community is full of self-advocates demanding to not just be seen and heard, but taken seriously. Why? Because they are capable. We caught up with budding filmmaker, songwriter, and screenwriter Elliot Hedley who is making in-roads despite living with Cerebral Palsy.

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

Mental Health Week 2024: Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

When it comes to mental health, discussions often revolve around anxiety, depression, and other common conditions within the general public. However, there is an overlooked intersection when it comes to stigmas surrounding mental health – individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Vital Role of Early Childhood Educators

Early Childhood Educators are helping lay the foundation of a child’s future. Often underappreciated, these dedicated professionals play a pivotal role in shaping young minds during their most formative years.

The Impact of Forest Fire Air Quality on People with Developmental Disabilities

British Columbia is already experiencing over 100 active fires as the forest fire season gets an early start. It seems every year we are exposed to the smoke that drifts over the Lower Mainland as forest fires from the Interior wreak havoc in the province.

DDA Careers

Early Childhood Educator | Permanent Full Time – #1885

Developmental Disabilities Association has an opening for Early Childhood Educator for our Child and Youth Services programs. You bring a great attitude backed up with completed ECE certification and at least one year experience in the field. We encourage professional development, provide on-the-job training, and foster an inclusive work environment. Our Child Development Centres are …

Community Support Worker | Permanent Full Time- #1884

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 …

Residential Care Worker | Temporary Part Time – #1883

The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) has been a leader for advocacy and inclusion in BC for families with special needs since 1952, and now we need you. We have an opening in one of our group homes in Vancouver for a Residential Care Worker (RCW) to assist with residents’ physical, emotional, social, and recreational needs. …