Who We Are
The 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 1,600 individuals and families in the Vancouver and Richmond area are serviced by the Developmental Disabilities Association every year.
In 1952, twelve 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.
To enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.
To pursue our mission with expertise, integrity, respect, and conviction.
Starworks Packaging and Assembly
Starworks is a social enterprise created to hire people with a developmental disability 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
What is a Developmental Disability?
Down syndrome, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Cerebral palsy are three of the most common examples of developmental disabilities. Although these are common, an innumerable variety of developmental disabilities exists. Developmental disabilities are generally used to describe life-long impairments that are attributable to mental and/or physical disabilities.
Developmental disabilities are given a variety of definitions depending where it’s used. Terms such as learning disability, cognitive disability, intellectual disability and mental handicap are all synonyms typically used for developmental disability.
Member Since: 2000