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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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SpArc Rocks: Virtual Class Edition

SpArc Services has ramped up its remote services to a full-day program of exciting activities from 10am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Led by SpArc Services staff members, the schedule is jam-packed full of engaging classes. 

Classes include the following: 

  • Around the World: Learning about other cultures. Most recently, we visited Costa Rica!
  • Music Appreciation!
  • Art Class!
  • Game Show Hour!
  • SpArc Cafe: Eating lunch together and chit-chatting like normal!
  • Ted Talk: Watching an educational video, and then having a discussion about it!
  • Employment! 
  • Social Skills Activity!
  • Virtual Trip: Touring interesting locations through video and guides. Recently we visited Redwood Forest and learned about the history and the trees. We’ve also toured the volcanoes of Iceland and learned about the space program at NASA!
  • Karaoke!

Programming is accessible through a video-enabled device, like a tablet, webcam, laptop, or phone. 

For more information about this service, please contact Kathleen Nace, Director of Cultural Arts at