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.

Programs

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

Accessibility on Vancouver Island

He moved to Canada about 20 years ago from the UK and never left. We chat with accessibility consultant Ramesh Lad who aims to make Vancouver Island accessible to all.

Theatre Terrific – Expanding the Horizons for Anyone With the Acting Bug

Laen Herschler knows his live theatre. The UBC PhD student has taken the reins of Vancouver’s inclusive Theatre Terrific and encourages anyone of any ability to get involved.

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

Be an Ally to People with Disabilities

Are you looking to make a change this summer? Perhaps you want to go to the gym regularly or say ‘yes’ to things more often. But how about looking deeper and changing your perspectives or practices? After all, a healthy mind promotes a healthy body.

The DDA Star – Summer 2024 Edition

Welcome to the summer 2024 edition of our Star Magazine!

Our Assistive Tech Department Reviews Loop Switch

From our Assistive Tech department, a review of Loop Switch sound-filtering earplugs.

DDA Careers

Residential Care Worker | Permanent Part Time – #1897

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. …

Residential Care Worker | Temporary Part Time – #1895

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. …

Community Support Worker | Permanent Full Time – #1896

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 …