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A new exhibit is opening at Cherry Street Pier featuring the works of Marvin T. and Jamal B., participants at SpArc Services who create art at our studio at Cherry Street Pier. 

In this important month, we asked Lamees Jimenez, Associate Director of Employment Services, to offer employers some tips on creating a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.

We are thrilled to note that Antoine is representing SpArc as a PECO Energy Ambassador through the PECO Energy Force program.

We are so thrilled at SpArc Philadelphia to have great recent media coverage of our work, including from FYI Philly on 6ABC and Al Dia News.

Allocated funds for SpArc Philadelphia will be used to demolish a warehouse adjacent to the SpArc building in North Philadelphia, with plans to turn the area into a green space for outdoor programming and connection to the community. 

This month, we are highlighting the success of Hakimah, a participant in the SpArc Services employment program. After working with the staff at SpArc Services to prepare for a job and overcome barriers to employment, Hakimah is now gainfully employed in a local grocery store. 

The Arc of Philadelphia is proud to be working with a team of medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine Class of 2024, including Samhita Nanduri, Nathan Sablowski, Alessandra Rigamonti, Sreya Muchivolu and Kimberly Vu, who created posters for presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society of Student Run Free Clinics (SSRFC) in Mobile, Alabama.

The team from Neurodiversity in the Workplace interviews Nesceda Blake. While interviewing for jobs earlier this year, Nesceda Blake (she/her) wrote a LinkedIn article on her experiences interviewing as an autistic job seeker. The article – “As an autistic jobseeker, please stop perpetuating neurotypical standards of professionalism” – garnered significant attention and positive feedback across LinkedIn. We invited Nesceda to meet with us to discuss her experiences as an autistic job seeker and what employers can do to be more inclusive from the start.

Brittany Gunning is an Inclusion Specialist for The Arc of Philadelphia’s Include Me program. Inclusion Specialists are prepared to provide onsite support and training for school personnel/student teams, including administrators, general and special education teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses, para-professionals and support staff, as well as family members of children with disabilities in Pennsylvania school districts. We talked with Brittany to learn more about her role and why it is important.

Your voice is needed to help us understand barriers and inequities that people with disabilities in our communities have experienced through the pandemic. 

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Partner Organizations