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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 Joe!

A round of applause to the Executive Director Joseph Mancini and the entire staff at The Arc of Philadelphia for winning an award at the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Awards. Organized by The Social Innovations Journal, the awards were intended to “honor our region’s most passionate Social Innovator, Entrepreneurs, and Changemakers whose work and social impact too often goes unacknowledged, yet their efforts are what makes our communities across Greater Philadelphia the thriving region of innovation and opportunity they are for all people.”

Nominees for the awards were entered into a public voting competition, for which Mr. Mancini won third place. Mr. Mancini was considered under the “Healthy Workforce” category.

Innovation is a signature function of Mr. Mancini’s role of the Executive Director of The Arc of Philadelphia. Leading his staff, Mr. Mancini decided to address the systemic problems that became evident from The Arc’s advocacy work, like lack of access to housing, technology, healthcare, and employment for people with disabilities.

We are very proud of The Arc of Philadelphia and this acknowledgment of their great work!