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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.


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The Arc of Philadelphia Receives Grant from The Philadelphia Foundation's Fund for Children

Contact: Tanya Regli
215.229.4550 x 118

Thursday, April 21, 2016 (Philadelphia)
The Arc of Philadelphia receives $40,000 from The Philadelphia Foundation’s Fund for Children, to provide leadership opportunities for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, as well as involving other key stakeholders including families, teachers, employers, and universities through many different activities. The grant money is made possible through funds from the The Philadelphia Foundation's Fund for Children, which is supported through generous annual contributions from the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies.

Executive Director for The Arc of Philadelphia, Tanya Regli, said that the funds would be used for expansion of the Youth Leadership Abilities Project, which promotes and supports leadership skills and opportunities for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Philadelphia to “prepare the youth of today to be leaders for tomorrow.” Through leadership opportunities in the community, training, personal development activities, and mentoring, Philadelphia’s youth will develop the skills to serve as leaders and mentors for the next generation and ensure that people with disabilities are fully included in every facet of life and in the communities where they live and work. “We are grateful to the Philadelphia Foundation through the Fund for Children for the resources needed to continue to expand our work developing our young people and preparing them for success,” said Regli.

About The Arc of Philadelphia
The Arc of Philadelphia has a rich history of working to ensure inclusion for all and draws its inspiration from the parents that founded it in 1948 whom were seeking better services for children with developmental and other disabilities. The Arc has labored tirelessly for the equal rights and human dignity of people with disabilities since the time when institutionalization of newborns with intellectual disabilities was the norm. Each step along the way, their objective has been to promote the capacity of people with disabilities to live in the community, to contribute to society and to gain access to every reasonable opportunity to serve or receive services from governmental, economic and social organizations. For more information please visit

About The Philadelphia Foundation
Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. It links those with financial resources to those who serve societal needs. The foundation grows the more than 900 charitable funds established by its donors and distributes about $20 million annually in grants and scholarships to about 1,000 effective nonprofits. Through this support, the Foundation builds healthy communities, strengthens children and families, advances economic opportunities and enhances culture and recreation. For more information, please visit