I’m happy to announce that the Developmental Disabilities Association is one of the many non-profits considered for Vancouver’s Twestival! For people who are unfamiliar with Twestival, there is more information on the Twestival website, or you can also read a brief recap of last year’s Twestival event from Miss604.
There are a couple reasons I suggested the DDA for Twestival Vancouver. Firstly, because developmental disabilities and social services are a often neglected and marginalized fraction of community essentials. Vancouver has 18% of the provincial population of people with developmental disabilities but only receives 10% of the community living funding. Additionally, waitlists for programs and group homes for the Association are expected to be up to 10 years in wait times due to lack of funding and support.
Twestival will be a great opportunity to help raise awareness for this cause.
What will DDA be able to with the money from Twestival? Here are a few things that come to mind:
- Donations will be able to provide art supplies, music therapy, and other services to people with developmental disabilities.
- $1000 will be able to provide 39 children hot lunches for an entire month.
- $2500 will be able to provide a piece of playground equipment for one of our nine sites (playground equipment lasts 8-10 years).
- $5000 will be able to provide over a 100 hours of pre-employment workshops helping people with developmental disabilities find work placements.