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SpArc Philadelphia is the parent company of a family of organizations that provides services to individuals with disabilities and helps them to achieve independence through choice, self-determination, inclusion and community connections. SpArc Philadelphia operates as the financial manager for The Arc of Philadelphia and SpArc Services.
Founded in 1948 by parents who sought better services for their children, The Arc of Philadelphia is one of the first Arc chapters in the United States. The parents who created The Arc labored tirelessly for the equal rights and human dignity of people with disabilities at a time when institutionalization was the norm. In subsequent years, The Arc, through its staff and membership, has become a powerful voice in shaping the service landscape for people with disabilities.
In 1990, The Arc formed a service provision arm, SpArc Services, to focus on a mission of vocational training and independent, competitive employment. One of the primary goals of SpArc Services is to expose program participants, people with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities, senior citizens and people with physical disabilities, to the community.
We do this in a number of ways, by offering more community integrated services including employment, community supports, and opportunities for community connections. We also do this through business partnerships, including partner, UniqueSource, which helps to employ people in competitive, community integrated employment settings at PennDOT Driver's Licensing Centers. Program participants may also take advantage of flexible programming options that include in-house contracted work, cultural arts and community arts events, community supports, and volunteering in the community.
Our intention is to support people through advocacy, education, cultural experiences, and employment to live their lives with maximum satisfaction and the highest level of independence. We have served the community for more than 65 years and are continually searching for new ways to improve and enhance our services.
News & Announcements
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett announced a Disability Employment Outreach Day event scheduled for Oct. 31 in Harrisburg and declared October as Pennsylvania Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Representative Brendan Boyle took time out from a busy campaign schedule to meet and discuss the House bill which would allow Pennsylvania to access federal matching funds to help students with disabilities acquire skills for employment.
Senator Christine (Tina) Tartaglione meets with representatives of The Arc of Philadelphia to discuss legislation which would require state funding to match federal funds to prepare students with intellectual disabilities for employment in the community.
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