Disabled Drummers Association is a non-profit organization formed
by disabled drummers for the benefit of all drummers with disabilities.
Two challenged drummers who were interested in creating an organization
that would support drummers with disabilities in the music industry
today founded the DDA in 1996.
and Expos are sponsored to create public awareness to not only help
members, but to eliminate the stereotype of the disabled musician.
2001, the DDA became certified in the State of Florida to conduct
CEU (Continuing Education Unit) courses on Music Therapy. These
seminars are instrumental in bringing therapists an alternative
method to aid in the healing processes of patients suffering from
learning disabilities, Autism, Downs Syndrome, stroke, head trauma
and a variety of physical impairments that require range-of-motion
techniques. (Please see our THERAPY page for more info). We
are proud to be a part of this process as an extension of our many
DDA strives to be instrumental in the manufacture, research and
development of electronic and acoustic adaptive equipment to enable
the challenged musician the opportunity to experience what music
can do: Motivate, Uplift and Empower!
is for all ages - it creates focus of attention, memory skills,
hand-eye coordination and concept development. Range of motion
is challenged and enhanced though the subtle action of playing the
drums. Music sparks creativity that can be carried over to
other aspects of life, thus creating acceptance and higher self-esteem.
DDA is here to help you in any way we can and hope to do much more
in the future. We provide a forum where our members can network
with others with similar interests, express themselves openly through
our Newsletters, purchase items that would aid in their musical
careers at a reduced price, and basically, have a lot of fun with
"those of your kind".
opportunities for disabled drummers by conducting campaigns to eliminate
the sterotype of the disabled musician.
manufacturers to produce adaptive equipment for the challenged musician.
quarterly newsletters, instruct and inform the drumming community
of opportunities, events, alternative medical benefits and technical
"tips" to aid in their craft.
an annual directory listing detailed information to assist members
in networking with those of similar interests and problems, share
experiences and difficulties with all facets of our industry.
Hope through music therapy.
clinics and expositions to raise public awareness and funds for