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  • Participants who regularly go out in the community

    89%

  • Hours spent in the community

    20,000

  • Volunteers

    125

  • Program Participants

    300

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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The Arc of Philadelphia invests $1.6 million to enable independent living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arc of Philadelphia invests $1.6 million to enable independent living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arc of Philadelphia is continuing its work to ensure inclusion for all individuals by partnering with property developers to provide access to housing, enabling independent living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). With The Arc of Philadelphia’s legacy of advocating for inclusive housing, this investment is pushing toward independent community living for people with I/DD rather than segregated campus living, which has been the norm.

Over the last two years, The Arc of Philadelphia has been working with four property development organizations to make sure that each of the developers set aside a percentage of apartments for people with I/DD in their newly constructed buildings. These ground-breaking partnerships will fundamentally change the lives of not only the individuals with disabilities living in these apartments, but will enrich the diverse and inclusive communities in which they live. To date, seven people have successfully transitioned into their new spaces, with five more apartments being leased now and another five slated for next year. 

Careful planning with the developers ensured that the transition to community living would be as seamless as possible, with access to grocery stores, urgent care facilities, recreational centers, and public transportation nearby. The four buildings are located in diverse areas of the city and are in a variety of neighborhoods. Without this opportunity, individuals with disabilities would not be likely to have access to this type of life-changing freedom and independence. “We are grateful to be able to take this giant step forward toward inclusive housing, to be able to help individuals with disabilities live life the way that they want, to help them reach personal goals, and to afford them the opportunity to lead more fulfilled lives,” said Shane Janick, Executive Director of The Arc of Philadelphia. 

The Arc of Philadelphia has plans to invest another $600,000 in the next year to partner with another developer in a fifth location. All monies used for this initiative are from a family bequest earmarked for independent living for individuals with disabilities. To learn more or to make a donation to this initiative, please contact The Arc of Philadelphia. 

 

The Arc of Philadelphia
2350 W Westmoreland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215-229-4550

www.arcphiladelphia.org