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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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We Are Worth It

We Are Worth It

Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) is sponsoring a campaign called #WeAreWorthIt which asks for increased funding for the very important people who take care of people with disabilities, Direct Support Professionals.

Specifically the campaign asks lawmakers to
1. Support $20 million in this budget for a $0.50/hour wage increase for the 35,000 direct support professionals who provide services; and
2. Support a 2.6% COLA increase, totaling $43 million, on ID/A state appropriations because there has not been a systemic COLA on rates for these services since 2007.

Here's how you can help. Use the resources below to contact your state representatives and let them know that you support this initiative. Because #WeAreWorthIt

For Family Members, please click here.
For Provider Executive/Management Employees, please click here.
For Direct Support Professionals, please click here.