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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SpArc Philadelphia Celebrates New Partnership with Land Health Institute
Summer is officially here, and with it comes a new partnership for the SpArc Philadelphia family of organizations! The partnership with non-profit Land Health Institute, located at 49th and Parkside, aims to “Put Nature Back” in the city of Philadelphia. The local non-profit encourages exploration, environmental education, and community-based land revitalization, all of which will be experienced by program participants and staff of SpArc Philadelphia. Over the course of the non-winter months, individuals will spend time at the Land Health Institute learning about and engaging with nature.
In addition to learning more about nature and gardening, program participants will also have the opportunity to go on recreational outings, which will be beneficial for the body, mind, and soul. Classes in the arts, bird watching, and even relaxation will be held and are open to the public, so stay tuned for a schedule of activities!
Once participants and staff have been introduced to the basic concepts of maintaining a garden, everyone will get the chance to put those skills to use. With assistance from Land Health team members, SpArc Philadelphia will “build and own” its very own garden, where vegetables and flowers will be grown. These items will then be sold to the community, giving individuals the opportunity to work on their sales and customer service skills.
Stay tuned to the SpArc Philadelphia website and social media channels for updates on this partnership, and to find out how you can get involved!