About Us - Developmental Disabilities Association

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About Us

Developmental Disabilities Association is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families in Vancouver and Richmond. We create extended networks of support, invest in individual needs, and strive for an inclusive and safe community. Over 1,800 individuals and families in the Vancouver and Richmond area are serviced by DDA every year.

To see an overview of our programs and services, download our brochure here.


With a proud history and a promising future, DDA gives you the opportunity to do what you do best every day – help others to grow and thrive at home, at work, and in the community.

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At DDA, we believe in supporting families to advocate for their children and adult members with developmental disabilities.

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Quality Assurance

All services offered by DDA are accredited by CARF. Accreditation certifies that the practices and policies of DDA meet or exceed a comprehensive list of international standards that can be applied to Community Service Agencies.

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We strive to effect positive change in our society not only by offering and supporting developmental services, but also by reducing our ecological footprint.

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Community Involvement

As a local non-profit, it is important to be involved in our communities. Through our efforts to ensure people with developmental and other disabilities are included in everyday life, we have made some invaluable partnerships with other community organizations.

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Charter of Rights

Charter of Rights for people with developmental disabilities, by people with developmental disabilities.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices or software for people with disabilities.

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Our History

In 1952, 12 parents of children with developmental disabilities came together to work towards integrating their children into public schools. By the 1990’s, that parent group, called the Vancouver-Richmond Association for Mentally Handicapped People, had become Canada’s largest charitable society of its kind west of Toronto.

In 1998, recognizing changes in society, the wishes of its members, and its expanded role in the community, the Association changed its name; it is now the Developmental Disabilities Association. To read a comprehensive history of the Developmental Disabilities Association please click here.

Starworks Packaging & Assembly

Starworks is a social enterprise created to hire people with developmental disabilities from the Vancouver area to perform light labour and assembly work. We employ over 50 casual workers in our 5,000 square foot Vancouver warehouse with the capacity to handle all types of work that requires high volume manual labour. For more information, visit www.starworks.ca

Jobs West

Jobs West is the supported employment division of the Developmental Disabilities Association. Jobs West assists adults with developmental disabilities to prepare for, find and keep community based work placements.