And the Nominees Are…

While the Yorkton film festival lasted for two and a half days and ended in an awards ceremony only after a weekend of screenings, learning from filmmakers, and hearing from government funding representatives, the Leo Awards from the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia host 2 eveningsof gala awards. 

DDA Autumn Star Magazine

In this edition, you’ll find stories about… …and much more. A big thanks to everyone who submitted stories and photos for this edition. DDA Star – Autumn 2023

Celebrating National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month is a time to recognize the heritage, resilience, and diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Peoples.

In DDA residential, we wanted to celebrate as many events as we could in the month of June to grow and learn to show our respect for Indigenous Peoples in the spirit of reconciliation.

“Doing the Impossible” Does it Again!

DDA’s first film, “Doing the Impossible: The Story of the Developmental Disabilities Association” was nominated for two Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival -for Best Documentary, History and Biography, and Best Research. The town of Yorkton launched this film festival in 1947 with the support of the National Film Board of Canada. This was 76 years ago, making Yorkton the site of the oldest Film Festival in North America, rewarding the best screen-based media content in Canada. 

Life After High School

The new school year is underway and for most kids and youth, there are still several years before they take the next big plunge – life after high school. Many students, on the other hand, will be wrapping up their final school year in 2024 with their sites on bigger plans. However, for students with developmental disabilities, the future isn’t always as easy to navigate.

Addressing the Stigmas of a Neurodiverse Workforce

People with developmental disabilities may face various obstacles when entering the workforce. These can vary depending on the individual’s specific disability and the nature of the job, and some obstacles mean simply having no opportunity.

Navigating the Back-to-School Season: A Guide for Kids with Developmental Disabilities

It’s hard to believe, but another summer is almost behind us. Kids of all abilities are now getting ready to head back to class. For kids with developmental disabilities, this transition can bring about a unique set of challenges and considerations. However, with proper planning, understanding, and support, the back-to-school season can be a positive and empowering experience for everyone involved.

DDA Tech Review: Blots

Blots Silicone Stress Balls are produced by Speks – a company that has provides a series of stress-relieving desk toys. Speks advertises the Blots series as “satisfyingly squeezable desk toys” with the intent that they are to be moved and manipulated as a strategy to reduce stress.