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.

 

The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access

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 ABLE Act Makes Headlines

The ABLE Act Makes Headlines

The Arc of Philadelphia, in collaboration with Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, hosted Senator Robert P. Casey on, Thursday, April 17th at Temple University, 1810 Liacouras Walk President’s Conference Suite.

He came to promote the ABLE Act. Senator Casey is the prime sponsor of this bill which gives individuals with disabilities and their families access to accounts that would allow individual choice and control while protecting eligibility for Medicaid, SSI, and other important federal benefits for people with disabilities. These accounts are much like the Section 529 education accounts which allow families to save money for college tuition.

For more information, please see the Channel 6 coverage. http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/04/17/more-assistance-could-be-on-the-way-for-people-in-our-area-with-severe-disabilities/

photo by: Bonnie Squires