Freeing Teresa

Franke James immediately objected when she heard that her siblings were planning to put their younger, disabled sister into a nursing home. She was told that Teresa, who has Down syndrome, had been declared “incapable” by a social worker.

DDA Winter Star Magazine

Welcome to the winter edition of our Star Magazine! it was a lovely and warm fall for staff and clients to get out and enjoy everything the Lower Mainland has to offer.

In this edition, you’ll find stories about…

Assistive Technology Department Tech Review: CalmPalm

BY KEEGAN NEWBERRY Product Summary The CalmPalm device is a self-soothing and self-regulatory tool designed to help individuals who experience anxiety and related insomnia. The CalmPalm uses micro electro stimulation pulses to trigger acupuncture points associated with calming the ‘fight or flight’ response. Highlights: • Once turned on, it is simple to position in your …

Jobs West Success Story: Christian Makes It Happen

Christian embarked on his career journey as a student at VCC.  In May 2023, he graduated with a sense of accomplishment and a clear vision of his career path. He had a strong desire to work at Shoppers Drug Mart, where he had previously completed a short work experience through the college.

Wherefore Art Thou, Community?

I’m not sure what ‘community’ means anymore although the word is used quite liberally in the “Community Living” community. It used to mean “community living” instead of “institutional living” and made more sense back in the day. Today everyone lives in the community and all institutions are closed other than prisons. 

Make Your Holiday Shopping More Inclusive!

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and giving. As we prepare for the big day on December 25th, it’s important to ensure that the experience of shopping for gifts is inclusive for everyone, including those with developmental disabilities

DDA Staff Profile: Jo Zoleikhapour

Developmental Disabilities Association has wonderful employees, over 500 in fact! In this edition of Star we met up with Jo Zoleikhapour to talk about how she brings music and music therapy to DDA clients at our West 8th location.

The Power of Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Businesses are constantly seeking ways to gain a competitive edge. One often overlooked yet highly valuable asset that companies are increasingly recognizing is the neurodiverse workforce.

An Inclusive Halloween!

Spooky Season is here! And you know what that means?

Candy, Chocolate, Costumes and Trick-or-Treating!

Community Inclusion Month

In today’s diverse and interconnected world, the importance of community inclusion cannot be overstated. It’s a fundamental human right that ensures everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in society.

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.