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.


Learn More About Us!

Public Forum- October 31

We want to hear from you Southeast Pa!
Friday, October 31

The Arc of Philadelphia
2350 W. Westmoreland St.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19140
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Liberty Resources, Inc.
714 Market Street, Suite 100
Wade Blank Rooms A & B
Philadelphia, PA 19106
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University need your input about the issues that matter most to Pennsylvanians with disabilities and their families.

How can we improve supports, services, your community, advocacy, training, and rights for people with disabilities and their families?

Specifically, we would like to hear your ideas about:
1. What disability and social issues should we pursue to provide information and better support for people with disabilities and their families? How can we ensure that civil and human rights of people with disabilities are protected?
2. What training opportunities should be available to people with disabilities, family members, the people who provide supports, and the general community?
3. What research needs to be done to guide policy; improve services, supports and systems; and ensure civil and human rights?

Although our organizations do not provide direct services, we work statewide to improve disability service and social systems, conduct needed research, assist with collaboration and networking, disseminate information, provide training and technical assistance, advocate for positive social changes, and work to ensure civil rights to empower, increase knowledge and improve the lives of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.

*If you need an accommodation to participate, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting you will attend. Note that we will show a power point during our presentation.

To view all dates and statewide locations of the public forums, and for information on participating via webinar, visit:;; or

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns at:
Voice:(717) 236-8100; Ext.300 TTY: 877-375-7139;
Toll free:(800) 692-7443 Ext. 300
Para información en español: 215-204-9348

Please attend one of these public forums or send your written comments. To submit written comments, please submit by mail or email at the following addresses:

Postal mail: Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
ATTENTION: Eric Howell
1414 N. Cameron Street, Second Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17103–1049


The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence, provides community-based training and technical assistance, university-based training, research, dissemination and advocacy regarding people with developmental disabilities and families.

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) is the federally authorized, independent organization established to provide legal and other advocacy services to Pennsylvanians with disabilities to ensure that their civil and human rights are protected.

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council (PADDC) is a planning and funding group made up of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities and their families.

This announcement is made possible through funding from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. This flyer is available in alternate formats upon request.