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Welcome to SpArc Services

At SpArc Services, our mission is to support people with disabilities by providing programs and services that encourage inclusion, independence, and personal achievement and provide services through programs designed to fit each individual and develop personal goals and milestones for growth.

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts
The Cultural Arts Center fosters creativity, self-confidence, and community connections for adults with developmental disabilities through classes in the visual and performing arts, outings to cultural venues, and opportunities to collaborate with other artists and arts-based organizations. Local artists and educators teach program participants skills in ceramics, drawing, painting, theater, music and movement. People enrolled in the program also make connections to the Philadelphia arts community and beyond through a variety of exhibitions, projects, and partnerships. 

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Job Center

Job Training, Employment Partners and Job Placement Services

Employment Partners administers a vocational evaluation and provides skills training, job placement and job coaching. Highly individualized plans are created and implemented for each person in the program with the definitive goal of finding long-term, independent, competitive community-integrated employment. Services are provided to adults with a wide range of disabilities, behavioral health issues, learning disabilities, visual issues, auditory issues at companies such as Shop Rite, PennDot, Walmart, Prime Flight Aviation and WaWa.

Services provided through our job training center give individuals the tools they need to build basic job skills and earn a paycheck. Through worksites at local businesses, participants are exposed to a variety of job duties and industries. Partnerships include Tasty Baking Company and Hanks Beverage Company.

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Community Supports

Community Supports

Home and Community-Based Services provides assistance for people to achieve a more independent quality of life by providing access to their community in an exciting new way. Services provided include Respite, Companion, Habilitation and Community Inclusion. A customized action plan is created for each participant to ensure that every person is poised to reach his or her full potential. 

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The Arc of Philadelphia Announces Annual Eleanor Elkin Award: William Del Toro Vargas To Receive Prestigious Commendation for Disability Advocacy

Contact: Lisa Johnson
215.229.4550 x 130

May 18, 2016
The Arc of Philadelphia Announces Annual Eleanor Elkin Award: William Del Toro Vargas To Receive Prestigious Commendation for Disability Advocacy

The Arc of Philadelphia announced today that William Del Toro Vargas will receive the organization’s top honor: The Eleanor Elkin Award.

The Eleanor Elkin Award is offered each year by The Arc of Philadelphia to an individual whose work carries on Ms. Elkin’s advocacy for the disability community. Ms. Elkin served in her long career as president of both The Arc of the United States and The Arc of Pennsylvania. She was also active in the movement to close Pennhurst and move people with developmental disabilities out of institutions.

William Del Toro Vargas is the lead Legislative Advocate for the #IWantToWork campaign. Will, a pre-law student at Temple University, has advocated tirelessly for the passage of “Work Experience for High School Students with Disabilities.” The legislation will ensure the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is fully funded, drawing $10.5 million in federal funds that are available for Pennsylvania, which will allow OVR to help teenagers get paid, integrated summer and out of school employment.

“Del Toro has been at the forefront in Pennsylvania of fighting for employment for youth with disabilities,” explained Tanya Regli, Executive Director of the Arc of Philadelphia. “His personal journey as a self advocate is a poignant and remarkable testament to the courage it takes to overcome the obstacles to employment for people with disabilities.

The award will be conferred during the Arc of Philadelphia’s annual membership event, which will take place on May 21, 2016 at the Temple Administrative Services Building at 2450 West Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129

For more information about this event, or the award, please contact Lisa Johnson at or 215-229-4550 extension 130.

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