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The Arc of Philadelphia’s Child Advocacy services provide information & referral, educational advocacy services, and systems advocacy services for children with disabilities and their families.

The Child Advocate assists families in accessing supports & services for their child with a disability, including early intervention services, free and appropriate special education services, and issues involving health care and behavioral health.

The Arc also links families to sources of social support, such as support groups, parent groups, and training opportunities. Inclusive practices and presumed competency are our guiding principles. Learn more about how to advocate for your child. Please contact Bonita McCabe for more information. 


The Arc of Philadelphia’s Adult Advocacy services provide information & referral, individual advocacy and systems advocacy regarding issues of adult community life. Those core issues in adult advocacy include functional supports and services, social supports, employment and housing, health care, benefits, and the quality of community life. The adult advocate assists individuals and families in accessing the resources needed to support meaningful community life for adults with developmental disabilities.

Self-determination is a guiding principle of The Arc’s Adult Advocacy services. Learn more about how to advocate for yourself or a loved one. Please contact Sabra Townsend for more information.


The Arc speaks out at local, state, and national levels. The Arc of Philadelphia strives to inform families of upcoming legislation proposals and changes that directly impact individuals with disabilities.

The Arc also encourages constituents to contact their local, state and national government officials to let the staff in Harrisburg and Washington know that individuals in Philadelphia care about the decisions they are making in regards to individuals with disabilities. Learn how you can be a part of legislative advocacy.  Please contact Tanya Regli for more information.