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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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Drexel University College of Medicine Student-Run Clinic Presents Their Work With The Arc of Philadelphia

The Arc of Philadelphia is proud to be working with a team of medical students from Drexel University College of Medicine Class of 2024, including Samhita Nanduri, Nathan Sablowski, Alessandra Rigamonti, Sreya Muchivolu and Kimberly Vu, who created posters for presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society of Student Run Free Clinics (SSRFC) in Mobile, Alabama.

Ms. Nanduri and Ms. Rigamonti presented three posters in Mobile titled, “How observation of interprofessionalism in IDD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) case studies impacts medical student attitudes toward IDD care,” “Positive impact on medical students who engage with adults with IDD in health education” and “Access to personal care items and fresh produce as indicators of hygiene and healthy diet in the Philadelphia adult community with IDD.”

The posters were related to the group’s experience participating in The Arc of Philadelphia’s HealthMeet program. The HealthMeet program’s purpose is to educate and provide clinical and volunteer experiences for students to learn about inclusive medicine for people with IDD.

The presenters noted that of the 150-plus posters that were presented at the conference, their posters were the only ones to focus on care for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This is indicative of the need in the medical community to advance inclusivity for people with IDD in education and practice.

We are thrilled that these students led their clinic at our site to coordinate the experiential opportunities for the student body at Drexel University College of Medicine, to promote disability education and inclusive healthcare for people with IDD.