We are all in this together.


DDA takes pride in being an essential service and advocate for those with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. Our support staff and management are doing double duty to ensure our clients are well supplied, well protected, and are maintaining social distancing as best as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. As an essential service we are following any and all provincial government protocols when it comes to cleanliness for all of our residential homes, daycare centres, and drop-in centres. We have also taken the step to have any office staff work from home if possible.

DDA is a champion of the LGBTQ2+ community. We are now a proud part of the Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Space Program.

A reminder that DDA no longer accepts clothing or household donations. Please connect with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver or Value Village directly.


COVID-19 Statistics in B.C. as of October 23rd, 2020

  • The number of people infected with COVID-19 in B.C. increased by 223 new cases over the last 24 hours. B.C.’s current total of confirmed cases is 12,554.

  • There have been no new deaths reported over the last day. B.C.’s current total of deceased is 256.

  • 10,247 people have fully recovered. There are 2,009 active cases in B.C.

  • 4637 people are under active public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

  • 75 British Columbians remain hospitalized with 24 of those cases in ICU.

  • There have been 2 new health-care facility outbreaks at long term care homes. In total, 16 long-term care or assisted-living facilities and two acute-care facilities have active outbreaks.

  • There have been two new community outbreaks at Coast Spas Manufacturing and Pace Processing. There also continue to be exposure events around the province.

Public exposure events: Health authorities now have websites to inform the public where exposure to COVID is suspected

Vancouver Coastal Health

Fraser Health

Interior Health

Northern Health

Island Health

Federal update: Plan to buy Canadian-made vaccine

CBC – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced another contract to buy a promising COVID-19 vaccine now in development — part of a plan to secure millions of vaccine doses to inoculate Canadians from the novel coronavirus.

Trudeau said the government has signed a contract to procure 76 million doses from the Quebec City-biotech company Medicago.

Medicago is developing the vaccine in partnership with the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline. The two companies have said its pre-clinical results show the vaccine demonstrated a “high level of neutralizing antibodies following a single dose.”

If the vaccine also performs well in a clinical setting, the companies are on track to make it available in the first half of 2021. Medicago has said it has the manufacturing capacity to produce as many as 100 million doses in 2021.

The federal government is spending $173 million to help Medicago develop the vaccine and build a large plant in Quebec to produce it. Trudeau also announced a $18.2 million investment in Vancouver-based Precision NanoSystems, which offers technology to produce vaccines and therapeutic drugs.

B.C. Votes 2020: #MyVoteMatters

Because of COVID-19, many British Columbians are choosing to mail in their vote for the upcoming provincial election. As well, people with developmental and physical disabilities may have a hard time getting to a local polling station. No matter your ability, your vote matters. Follow the links for Elections B.C. instructions on how to send in your ballot. Deadline: Oct. 24th, 8pm

Tips from Elections B.C. for Mail-In Voting

Services for voters with disabilities

Federal Update: Canada’s border to remain closed

CTV/OTTAWA — The COVID-19 travel restrictions in place at the Canada-U.S. land border will remain in effect until Nov. 21 at least.

While the extension of the closure was anticipated, given the ongoing rate of virus transmission on both sides of the border, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair confirmed the plan on Monday.

“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Blair tweeted.

Halloween is still on!

Trick or Treating Tips for parents with children on the spectrum

Celebrate less socially and trick-or-treat locally this Halloween! Tips from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control

  • Skip Halloween parties this year

  • Trick or treating in small groups can be a safe and a fun activity

  • Get creative in making space when handing out treats

No matter how you celebrate Halloween this year…

  1. Turn off your porch light and stay at home if you are sick or self-isolating.

  2. Try including a non-medical mask or face covering as part of your costume.

    • Costume masks should not be worn over non-medical masks or face coverings as that may make it difficult to breathe.

  3. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

DDA’s Annual General Meeting in Times of COVID


COVID Travel

Residential Care Visitation Policies Across Canada from CACL

Lists flights entering Canada with potential COVID contact

Traveling in Canada or abroad? What you need to know

Available COVID Benefits in B.C.

Support for those people with disabilities

Provincial government continues support for B.C.’s most vulnerable people

Province steps up support for community social services sector

Available B.C. Government Support for COVID-19

Emergency benefit for workers

Landing pages for COVID-19 information from various health and government agencies

• B.C. COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

• Vancouver Coastal Health – Information on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

• HealthLink B.C. – Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

• B.C. Centre for Disease Control – Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

• Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

• World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

Common symptoms for COVID-19, which may take up to 14 days to express, include:

To limit contact with others, you should:

  • Stay home

  • Avoid those who have chronic conditions, compromised immune systems, and older adults

  • Avoid having visitors to your home

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds

  • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing

If you have questions about COVID-19, please call:

  • COVID-19 Questions: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)

  • BC HealthLink: Dial 811

October is Community Inclusion Month in B.C.


Work at DDA Today

DDA is an essential service for our clients. That means we keep the doors open to make sure our clients are as protected as possible by following government guidelines very closely. We currently have vacancies for DDA Support Staff in many of our group homes and daycare centres. For a list of current opportunities go here. Apply today and make a difference in someone’s life.

*Due to COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing, the interview process for DDA and prospective employees may be delayed. Thank you for your understanding.

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For questions, concerns, and advocacy connect with DDA today:

Call us: 604 273 9778

Email us: hello@develop.bc.ca

Posted by dda-editor in: Daily Updates