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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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Jason, January Artist of the Month

Jason, January Artist of the Month

Jason is a dedicated artist who is always up for trying something new, especially new art classes. Motivated by being in a creative environment, Jason gets right to work when he arrives at art class, or regularly draws when he is at home. 

According to his art teacher, Mike, Jason’s work is almost “like a visual journal” of people dear to him and the objects and events that he encounters. Jason is always open to trying out whatever medium is being featured in class that day, but he does gravitate towards materials that lend more control, like pens over charcoal. 

Jason is “all about color,” says his brother, James. And Mike agrees: “he is not shy about exploring any and all color palettes; he’ll pair a bright green with a muted yellow, a dark blue, and then finish it off with a few dashes of metallics.” 

Reflecting on his brother’s work, which is displayed all over their home, James said: “I think Jason’s artwork represents how he sees the world. He’s a very wide-eyed person, not a cynical person at all.” 

Jason’s work will be on display at SpArc Studios’ Cherry Street Pier location through the end of January. 

Or, view his works here on the SpArc Marketplace.