Developmental Disabilities Association

Regional Recycling is proud to partner with the Developmental Disabilities Association by having their donation bins at all of our Regional Recycling locations. Please stop by any Regional Recycling locations to donate clothes, books, and beverage containers that will be 100% donated towards the DDA.

DDA – 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.

Our Mission

To enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.

Our Values

To pursue our mission with expertise, integrity, respect, and conviction.

Developmental Disabilities Association

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


Our programs build successful communities. All people, regardless of their needs, race or culture, have the right to be included in a welcoming society.

Integrated communities benefit through respect for diversity so that each member contributes to its success in a unique and individual way.


The Developmental Disabilities Association offers community-based programs for individuals and families across the life cycle so that each person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Support services are designed to provide caregiver matching as well as information and guidance to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We will do our best to present you with a framework that allows you to navigate through the many challenges you or your family may experience when finding options for care, relief or community support.