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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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Message from The Arc of Philadelphia

We are currently closing our AmeriCorps operations by the end of October 2019.

We have had the best host sites and amazing members any program could expect. We know our focus population has greatly benefited from this collaboration and we so appreciate the commitment and support we have received from everyone including our funder, PennSERVE.

Our hope is that the various projects initiated by hosting AmeriCorps members may somehow continue for our focus population so deserving of those special initiatives.

We are very proud of the achievements of the program and of our association with each of you and your agencies. Thank you so much for your role in uplifting our community. We wish you continued success.