Founded in 1948, The Arc of Philadelphia, through its volunteer board, staff and membership has led the way in protecting the rights of and promoting opportunities for children and adults with disabilities by advocating with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to promote active citizenship, self-determination and full inclusion. The Arc of Philadelphia affiliated with The Arc of Pennsylvania and The Arc of the United States and is a member of the SpArc Philadelphia family of organizations.
The Arc of Philadelphia’s mission is to advocate with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, to promote active citizenship, self-determination, and full inclusion.
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People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. A coalition of disability organizations and individuals asserted this right in a formal declaration, announced at the Thirteenth Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, held October 2, 2013, in Broomfield, Colorado.
We invite all of you to read this declaration, The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access, and to affirm your commitment to the equal rights of people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access by endorsing it on the website.
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The Arc of PA SAGA Day
Laura Princiotta, Tanya Regli and Bonnie Squires spent a very productive day in Harrisburg at the Capitol today, meeting with many legislators, handing them copies of The Arc of PA priorities, discussing them and taking photos with them.
The team spent at least a half-hour, sometimes more, with the following:
Senator Daylin Leach, Senator Shirley Kitchen, Senator Christine Tartaglione, Rep. Jim Roebuck, Senator Vincent Hughes' executive director of the Senate Appropriations Committee (Randy Albright), and Senator Larry Farnese's chief of Staff Tony Mannino and Legislative Director Sally Keaveney.
At lunch-time the group headed to the Capitol cafeteria, and there we also were able to meet with, give our 30-second "elevator speech" and take photos of the following: Rep Dwight Evans, Rep. Steve Kinsey, Rep. Curtis Thomas, plus some other important advocates, like Kurt Kondrich from the Early Learning Council.
Before the team began their appointments appointments we also had a chance to speak to Rep. Paul Clymer in the Rotunda, and with Renee Amoore and Donna Allie (they were there on behalf of the Philadelphia Free Library).
At The Arc of PA reception at the Hilton at the end of the day, the team had the opportunity to speak with - and take photos with - award-winners Rep. Tom Murt and Senator Pat Browne, Rep. Mary Jo Daley, Rep. Steve McCarter, Rep. Pam DeLissio, Senator Jay Costa, as well as Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc of PA, Pam Klipa, and a several other elected officials and The Arc directors.
photo by: Bonnie Squires