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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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The Arc of Philadelphia Announces Artist Inclusion Workshop

June 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

The Arc of Philadelphia, in partnership with Me, More and Normal, are excited to announce that we will be co-hosting a Disability Inclusion Workshop for Artists. The goal of the session is to identify opportunities to open the doors for artists with developmental disabilities. This workshop is designed for artists who are already thinking about making their process and their artistic spaces more diverse, and to give them the tools and strategies for including people with all abilities. The workshop is a great opportunity for folks that either are at the beginning of a process, or are continuously creating works.

A combination of artists, community organizers, and members from the disability community will come together to discuss:

  • How can we make art that engages all people with different abilities?
  • In what ways are the physical and social barriers of our artistic spaces inhibiting our audiences from diversifying?
  • What specific initiatives can arts organizations design to maximize the involvement of artists from the disability community.

We would like as many artists as possible to participate. If you are an artist and you care about the world, come help us create a more inclusive world! There will be food, fun, and art! We are going to learn so much together and from each other.

WHERE: Germantown Mennonite Church
WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 10am-2pm
RSVP: Email with any dietary restrictions or questions.

The workshop is FREE! We will be providing lunch and snacks!

GMC is an ADA-accessible space. If you have questions about accommodation, please email us and let us know!