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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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Governor Corbett Announces Disability Employment Outreach Day

Oct. 24, 2014

Governor Corbett Announces Disability Employment Outreach Day

October is Pennsylvania Disability Employment Awareness Month

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced a Disability Employment Outreach Day event scheduled for Oct. 31 in Harrisburg and declared October as Pennsylvania Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The event will provide individuals with disabilities information about civil service employment opportunities in state and local government. The State Civil Service Commission, Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Office of Administration are hosting the event.

“Hiring individuals with disabilities is a great choice for businesses. This is an underemployed, motivated workforce with talent and drive,” Gov. Corbett said. “We are pleased to provide information about civil service jobs and to facilitate the hiring of these dedicated individuals.”

Job seekers with disabilities are encouraged to attend to learn about civil service employment opportunities, services available for individuals with disabilities, and the civil service employment process. Recruiters will be available to meet with job seekers for individualized employment counseling. There will be employment presentations and on-site job counselors.

Attendees will learn about the application, testing and hiring processes as well as other available accommodations and services. Job seekers should bring up-to-date resumes.

American Sign Language (ASL) services will be provided. Please contact the State Civil Service Commission to request accommodations for this event if needed at 717-787-6127.

Media contact: Kait Gillis, DPW, 717-425-7606