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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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Join PCHC for a free webinar hosted by Dr. Nicholas DeMarco, Psy.D on ways to help manage stress during a pandemic

Managing Stress During a Pandemic

Dr. Nicholas DeMarco, Psy.D

PCHC Director ID/MH Supports

Live Webinar on May 19, 2020

11 AM - 12:30 PM

At this time, Dr. DeMarco will talk about how our lives have changed because of covid-19 and how to deal with these changes in healthy ways.

He will talk in plain language about how these changes show up in our lives as stress. He will also tell us how we can decrease our stress levels and suggest ways to improve our mood.

We invite people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those that support them, to join us for this discussion and want you to tell us your ideas for how you deal with the stress of covid-19.


This project is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant number 1901PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.