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SpArc Philadelphia is the parent company of a family of organizations that provides services to individuals with disabilities and helps them to achieve independence through choice, self-determination, inclusion and community connections. SpArc Philadelphia operates as the financial manager for The Arc of Philadelphia and SpArc Services.
Founded in 1948 by parents who sought better services for their children, The Arc of Philadelphia is one of the first Arc chapters in the United States. The parents who created The Arc labored tirelessly for the equal rights and human dignity of people with disabilities at a time when institutionalization was the norm. In subsequent years, The Arc, through its staff and membership, has become a powerful voice in shaping the service landscape for people with disabilities. In 1990, The Arc formed a service provision arm, SpArc Services, to focus on a mission of vocational training and independent, competitive employment.
One of the primary goals of SpArc Services is to expose program participants, people with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities, senior citizens and people with physical disabilities, to the community. We do this in a number of ways, by offering more community integrated services including employment, community supports, and opportunities for community connections. We also do this through business partnerships, including partner, UniqueSource, which helps to employ people in competitive, community integrated employment settings at PennDOT Driver's Licensing Centers. Program participants may also take advantage of flexible programming options that include in-house contracted work, cultural arts and community arts events, community supports, and volunteering in the community.
Our intention is to support people through advocacy, education, cultural experiences, and employment to live their lives with maximum satisfaction and the highest level of independence. We have served the community for more than 65 years and are continually searching for new ways to improve and enhance our services.
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SpArc Philadelphia does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.
News & Announcements
The Neurodiversity in the Workplace initiative was recently highlighted on Sunday Morning CBS News. The segment, reported by CBS correspondent Lee Cowan, features Gloria Mendoza and her mentor at SAP, Gabby Robertson-Cawley.
Two local organizations, Neurodiversity in the Workplace and Woods Services, help those with barriers to employment find fulfillment in their work.
Neurodiversity in the Workplace Program Named a Mutual of America 2017 Community Partnership Award Winner
On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Mutual of America announced that the Neurodiversity in the Workplace Program was named a Merit Finalist award recipient of its 2017 Community Partnership Award competition.