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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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Congratulations Radojka!

Congratulations Radojka!

Radojka beamed as she held her “congratulations” cake aloft.

We at the Employment program of SpArc Services are very proud, as she was celebrating her 2-year anniversary as an employee of Sodexo. It’s an extraordinary accomplishment for her as she came to the United States from Bosnia to escape the turmoil of ethnic conflict and war conditions during the 1990s. Radojka formally became a U.S. Citizen on the day she was to begin her job!  Radojka has worked Monday and Wednesday since then in the Sodexo cafeteria.

Many of the SpArc Services program participants, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are seeking community-integrated employment. We endeavor to make the connections and conduct the training that will facilitate those ambitions. Employment services are available at every level – including vocational training to build employment skills, evaluation of interests, and job coaches who provide on-the-job support. We even provide training at nonprofit partners in the community, like MANNA and The Food Trust.

We offer Radjoka a hearty congratulations and wish her continued success!