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  • Participants who regularly go out in the community

    89%

  • Hours spent in the community

    20,000

  • Volunteers

    125

  • Program Participants

    300

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 Philadelphia Gets Into the Fall Spirit

SpArc Philadelphia Gets Into the Fall Spirit

Recognize this guy?

You got it, it’s a member of Devo!

(Did the red bucket hat give it away?)

The lovely Morris Arboretum, a favorite place to visit for participants on community outings, is hosting a Scarecrow Walk, running through Halloween.

The theme of the Scarecrow Walk this year is “Famous Musicians” and participants and staff at SpArc teamed up to make creative ‘crows for entry into the contest. Check out our Facebook page to see photos of how they adapted a participant’s drawing of Devo into a scarecrow creation, and to see their other entry …. a VERY famous musician.

In other autumnal news, participants in the Cultural Arts program tried out in art class earth tones and experimenting with branches as brushes. It produced some beautiful results!