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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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Partnership Between The Arc and Comcast Will Expand Technology Center

Partnership Between The Arc and Comcast Will Expand Technology Center

The Arc of Philadelphia is thrilled to announce that it has received a grant from the Comcast NBC Universal Foundation to expand access to technology for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The grant is intended to address disparities in access to technology for those with disabilities. Technology can make a world of difference in improving the lives of those with disabilities, with such innovative tech out there as communication devices, in home supports, video monitoring, entertainment devices, and safety alarms.

Thanks to the partnership, The Arc of Philadelphia will be able to expand its technology center, allowing for personal assessments, customized support plans, and assistive technology to be taken home and used to enhance everyday living. The grant will also impact community uplift, reaching people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from neighborhoods experiencing deep poverty.

“Comcast is committed to making our products, services, and experiences accessible to the widest possible audience, and opening new doors to independence for people with disabilities.  We’re proud to partner with The Arc of Philadelphia to expand their Tech Coaching Center and have a positive impact on the tech skills of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities,” said Robert F. Smith, Regional Vice President of Community Impact, Comcast.