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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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Holiday Shopping through SpArc Services!

Holiday Shopping through SpArc Services!

Discover what the artists and artisans from the Cultural Arts program at Sparc Services have on offer for your holiday wish list this year! From scented soaps in interesting geometric shapes to hand-painted coasters, from printed holiday cards to beaded jewelry, there are lots of beautiful crafts from which to choose. 

Purchases from SpArc Services support the artists that participate in the Cultural Arts program, which is an avenue for people with disabilities to express creativity, reach personal goals, and develop new skills. 

There are lots of gifts in the $5 - $15 range! You can take a virtual tour of these lovely crafts, and then send an email to Kathleen Nace, Director of Cultural Arts, at to put in an easy, online, contact-free order! 

If you’re looking for a bigger piece of art to impress your giftee and add color to a home, check out the beautiful paintings by SpArc artists that are available in our Virtual Art Gallery.

Happy Holidays!