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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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Spotlight on Ashley, Associate Director for Cultural Arts

Spotlight on Ashley, Associate Director for Cultural Arts

SpArc Philadelphia presents a spotlight on one of our amazing staff members, Ashley, who is the Associate Director for Cultural Arts. Ashley is known around SpArc for her caring heart, which we see every day in her work with participants in the program. 

Tell us a little about your role at SpArc, as Associate Director of the Cultural Arts program. 

I am the Associate Director for Cultural Arts. I work closely with the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and the participants to help each participant work toward reaching their personal development goals. I help Kathleen, the Director of Cultural Arts, handle day to day activities, staff scheduling, compliance with regulations, trainings for the staff, driving for community outings as needed, and ensuring the program activities are enriching, goal fulfilling and beneficial to the participants. 

What motivates you to work at SpArc? 

What motivates me to continue to work is simply our population. I love working with our participants and seeing their strengths as well as working hard to help those strengths grow. I truly enjoy helping with art projects and building social skills with the participants. 

There are so many creative arts themes and activities that staff at Cultural Arts have come up with! Do you have any favorite activities that staff have worked on with the Cultural Arts participants, and what did they involve?

I really enjoyed the clay activities that Savannah worked on with the participants, the galaxy paintings that Nahema worked on with the participants, as well as creating the comic photo frames with staff member, Tara. We have so many creative staff members here, and I love seeing what the classes bring out in the participants. 

Do you have a favorite memory of working at SpArc?  

My favorite memory working at SpArc was the first Holiday party that I worked at last year. Seeing all the participants enjoying themselves, dancing, working on crafts, and playing games was a real treat, as well as helping serve food and prep plates with my coworkers was very fulfilling for me.