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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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2015 Disability Policy Seminar

The Disability Policy Seminar 2015 in DC proved to be a powerful reminder of the importance of collaboration between disability groups. Hundreds of advocates, many of them self-advocates, came together to be briefed on key policy issues in the areas of Community Living, Education, Federal Funding, Health Care and Social Security. As the Senate was marking up the Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization we were able to take action and call our Senators to stop detrimental amendments from being added and support a high level of education for all our children. We also had the opportunity to meet with our legislators and share our personal stories. To read the details regarding the policy fact sheets go to and share what you learn with your legislator.

To view photos from the event click here.

Photos provided by Bonnie Squires.