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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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SpArc Philadelphia Awarded Funding from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

SpArc Philadelphia is a recent recipient of funding from the Local Share Account, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). 

Local Share Account funds are used for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement, and public interest projects. The Wolf administration announced more than $5 million in funding for community projects in Philadelphia. 

“These projects throughout Philadelphia will go a long way toward making the city a better place to live, work, and play,” said Acting Secretary Neil Weaver of the DCED. “From making critical infrastructure improvements, to enhancing community buildings and programs, to building playgrounds, these projects perfectly represent why the Local Share Account program is so important for our communities.”

Allocated funds for SpArc Philadelphia will be used to demolish a warehouse adjacent to the SpArc building in North Philadelphia, with plans to turn the area into a green space for outdoor programming and connection to the community. 

“Our vision is an oasis where program participants can enjoy fresh air and outdoor activities and connect with our neighbors. We have many purposes for the space in mind, including cultural arts and theater programming open to the public, and occupational therapy sessions in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University,” said Laura Princiotta, CEO of SpArc Philadelphia.