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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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Celebrating Hakimah's New Job

This month, we are highlighting the success of Hakimah, a participant in the SpArc Services employment program. 

After working with the staff at SpArc Services to prepare for a job and overcome barriers to employment, Hakimah is now gainfully employed in a local grocery store. 

Hakimah’s preparation for employment included volunteering in a school. All along, she had a desire to work. She said, “This was all I ever wanted … to make my own money, and be proud of myself.” 

Heather Robb, Associate Director of Administration at SpArc Services, said that whether volunteering or working for a paycheck, Hakimah has always put 100% effort into her work. She also notes that Hakimah is a natural at working with people. 

Lamees Qassim, Associate Director of Employment Services at SpArc Services, said that she and the job developers worked with Hakimah to explore all possible employment opportunities. She said of Hakimah, “She always presented herself professionally and was always receptive to feedback and suggestions. She remains a great employee and her managers are very impressed with her work ethic and skills.” 

Hakimah advises other jobseekers to be patient for their next opportunity, as “it will come to you.” 

We wish Hakimah the best of luck at her job!