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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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Updated information regarding stimulus checks

"U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up on guidance by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) about the coronavirus stimulus checks the Administration will soon start sending out. Earlier this week, IRS guidance had stated that individuals who do not usually file taxes would need to file a simple return to receive the stimulus checks. Following community push back to the filing requirement, the Secretary announced that SSA recipients would not need to file a form and would instead receive the funding automatically. However, currently only SSA beneficiaries will receive checks automatically, not SSI or VA beneficiaries. At this time, SSI or VA beneficiaries still need to file a simple form to receive the stimulus check."