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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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SpArc Services to Receive Art-Reach Cultural Access Award

SpArc Services is honored to be recognized as the 2017 Member Agency award recipient in this year’s Art-Reach Cultural Access Awards! Other awardees include the Pennsylvania Ballet and Roger Ideishi.

Art-Reach works every day to expand cultural accessibility to traditionally underserved audiences in the Philadelphia area, something that SpArc Services understands and appreciates more than most. “Access to the arts is an important means of finding a greater connection to a larger community and to oneself,” said Linda Price, Director of the SpArc Services Cultural Arts program. “Many of the people in SpArc’s Cultural Arts program have experienced marginalization in many forms and have not have the opportunity for their voices to be heard.”

In a ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at FringeArts, representatives from SpArc Services will accept the award on behalf of all staff and participants that make the program such a success. “Through partnerships with organizations like Art-Reach, the program’s participants gain meaningful participation in a variety of cultural experiences to which they may not otherwise have access,” said Price. “Just as importantly, it provides a larger context and insight into how their artwork and performances can be part of a greater dialogue with the arts community and beyond.”