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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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Tips for Employers During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and we are celebrating at SpArc Services! 

The Employment Services team at SpArc has a growing caseload, with several program participants taking on new positions in community-based jobs. Additionally, the staff of the Employment Services program launched a new partnership with a food bank where program participants from SpArc can try out new skills and train for real-world working endeavors while volunteering. Job developers are out and about meeting employers and taking participants to work experiences in the community so participants can get exposed to real-life situations and opportunities in the workforce. 

In this important month, we asked Lamees Jimenez, Associate Director of Employment Services, to offer employers some tips on creating a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities. Here’s what Lamees recommended: 

  • Start from your leadership, implementing company-wide initiatives and training programs to eliminate biases against individuals with disabilities. 
  • Recognize special events and awareness months as a jumping off point for having conversations about eliminating bias. A great one coming up in 2023 is the month of July, recognizing the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Employers and employees can gather more tools and resources for best practices. 
  • Diverse hiring makes companies stand out to prospective employees. Typically, bottom-line earnings, employee retention, satisfaction, and recruitment are improved with a diverse workforce. 
  • Reach out to prospective partner agencies like SpArc Services to discuss the possibilities of working with people with disabilities. We find that when employers are proactive, right from the hiring process, the results are beneficial in multi-faceted ways. 


To learn more about working with SpArc, please contact Lamees Jimenez at ljimenez@sparcphilly.org