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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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Neurodiversity in the Workplace™ Receives $2 Million Dollar Endowment from Lisa Yang to Ensure Strong Future for Neurodiverse Hiring and Expanded Impact on Autistic Inclusion

(Philadelphia, PA) – Nonprofit consultancy Neurodiversity in the Workplace (NITW), longtime partner of Dell Technologies, SAP and other inclusive employers seeking the talents of autistic people, is expanding its reach after a generous endowment from philanthropist Lisa Yang. 

This endowment enables the organization to build upon earlier funding to establish communities of practice or “Hubs”  across the country that will enable localized collaboration and partnerships. The goal is to encourage employers of all types and sizes to embrace neurodiversity as key to their talent acquisition. 

“Let us be disrupters and agents of change, and bring true meaning to diversity in the workforce,” Lisa Yang said about the endowment and her partnership with the organization. 

Neurodiversity in the Workplace provides a framework and support for partner companies seeking to tap autistic and neurodivergent potential. NITW Director Joseph Riddle explained, “We’ve partnered with amazing companies, and they’ve been so impressed by the quality and contribution of autistic and other neurodiverse employees found through our program. But there’s still work to do. We’re just getting started.” 

The endowment represents the culmination of years of partnership with Lisa Yang, whose efforts to improve the lives of autistic people include establishing with her husband; Cornell’s ILR School, Yang Tan Institute for Employment and Disability, MIT’s Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research, The Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at Harvard University, and the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics in Neuroscience at MIT.

About Neurodiversity in the Workplace
Neurodiversity in the Workplace (NITW) is an initiative that emerged in 2013. NITW provides companies with guidance regarding how to identify, prepare, and support both candidates with autism and existing managers and staff. For the last six years, NITW has led the process of identifying, preparing, and supporting neurodiverse individuals for careers at numerous large organizations nationwide. For more information, visit

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Mr. Joseph Riddle
Director, Neurodiversity in the Workplace