The Arc of Pennsylvania

The Arc of Pennsylvania The Arc of Pennsylvania is a 70-year-old organization that provides advocacy & resources for citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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The Arc was formed in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted more for their children with “mental retardation” than an isolated life in a state institution. It has since grown into the largest member-driven advocacy movement in the nation. The Arc of Pennsylvania is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and 36 local chapters of The Arc serving 52 counties across the Commonwealth.

The Arc was formed in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted more for their children with “mental retardation” than an isolated life in a state institution. It has since grown into the largest member-driven advocacy movement in the nation. The Arc of Pennsylvania is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and 36 local chapters of The Arc serving 52 counties across the Commonwealth.

Happy 22nd Anniversary to the Olmstead v. LC decision! This case continues to impact the lives of individuals with intel...
06/23/2021

Happy 22nd Anniversary to the Olmstead v. LC decision! This case continues to impact the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities today.

Today is the 22nd anniversary of Olmstead v. LC, a Supreme Court decision that declared people with disabilities have a right to receive care in their home and communities and to be fully integrated community members. Today, 22 years after the Supreme Court declared it a right, people with disabilities still struggle to access the services they need to thrive in their homes and communities. BUT, Congress has a chance to change this. The American Jobs Plan will invest $400 billion in home and community-based services for people with disabilities, while also creating jobs and supporting care infrastructure. Call on your Member of Congress to #HonorOlmstead by investing in HCBS: https://bit.ly/2TYJw0D

Building public/private partnerships is critical to increasing the number of individuals with IDD employed! To learn mor...
06/23/2021

Building public/private partnerships is critical to increasing the number of individuals with IDD employed! To learn more about this, you can view the presentation from the PA Workforce Development Association at: https://thearcpa.org/file_download/4e10055c-19b4-4996-8eee-bfb5452e0e80

Building public/private partnerships is critical to increasing the number of individuals with IDD employed! To learn more about this, you can view the presentation from the PA Workforce Development Association at: https://thearcpa.org/file_download/4e10055c-19b4-4996-8eee-bfb5452e0e80

Opening Ceremonies For Disability Pride PAMonday, June 21, 202110:00 AM  11:30 AMOpening ceremonies kick off on June 21s...
06/21/2021

Opening Ceremonies For Disability Pride PA
Monday, June 21, 2021
10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Opening ceremonies kick off on June 21st at 10 AM with the raising of the National ADAPT flag to honor our history, special guest speakers like Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Governor Fetterman, Senator Robert Casey, State Reps Jess Benham and Joseph Hohenstein, Philadelphia Councilmember Derek Green, Ms. Wheelchair PA titleholder Jessica Gardner, Gateway Health rep Rodney Robinson, and many more. Followed by a virtual parade of sorts!
https://disabilitypridepa.org/event-calendar2021/openingceremonies

Opening Ceremonies For Disability Pride PA
Monday, June 21, 2021
10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Opening ceremonies kick off on June 21st at 10 AM with the raising of the National ADAPT flag to honor our history, special guest speakers like Governor Tom Wolf, Lt. Governor Fetterman, Senator Robert Casey, State Reps Jess Benham and Joseph Hohenstein, Philadelphia Councilmember Derek Green, Ms. Wheelchair PA titleholder Jessica Gardner, Gateway Health rep Rodney Robinson, and many more. Followed by a virtual parade of sorts!
https://disabilitypridepa.org/event-calendar2021/openingceremonies

Pennsylvania continues to implement the Employment 1st Initiative, which works to support the Commonwealth’s goal of mor...
06/21/2021

Pennsylvania continues to implement the Employment 1st Initiative, which works to support the Commonwealth’s goal of more individuals with IDD accessing competitive-integrated employment. To learn more about where Pennsylvania is now, visit: https://bit.ly/3cVAKra

Pennsylvania continues to implement the Employment 1st Initiative, which works to support the Commonwealth’s goal of more individuals with IDD accessing competitive-integrated employment. To learn more about where Pennsylvania is now, visit: https://bit.ly/3cVAKra

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) want to be employed in their communities!  To view th...
06/18/2021

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) want to be employed in their communities!

To view the presentation slides from our Advocacy & Policy Conference Session 1, entitled “The Impact of Stigma on Disability on Employment for People with IDD”, visit: https://thearcpa.org/file_download/1470f44e-a50c-4b8d-8a2e-72d78cdefe69.

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) want to be employed in their communities!

To view the presentation slides from our Advocacy & Policy Conference Session 1, entitled “The Impact of Stigma on Disability on Employment for People with IDD”, visit: https://thearcpa.org/file_download/1470f44e-a50c-4b8d-8a2e-72d78cdefe69.

Congratulations to Anne Couldridge for this recognition!
06/17/2021

Congratulations to Anne Couldridge for this recognition!

Even in tough times, we stand #CPARCStrong.

Katie Yost, Manager of Government & Chapter Relations for The Arc of Pennsylvania, presented Anne Couldridge with the Erman A. Gentile Award!

This award is given to an Executive Director that has done the most to promote The Arc of PA's work and exemplifies "excellence, integrity and advocacy."

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s new Strategic Plan reaffirms our commitment to elevate the voice of individuals with intellect...
06/16/2021

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s new Strategic Plan reaffirms our commitment to elevate the voice of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about our Strategic Plan, go here: https://bit.ly/3vsVvR9

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s new Strategic Plan reaffirms our commitment to elevate the voice of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more about our Strategic Plan, go here: https://bit.ly/3vsVvR9

Intentional Teaching: The Essential Elements of Systematic Instruction for Teaching Job SkillsIntentional Teaching is a ...
06/15/2021

Intentional Teaching: The Essential Elements of Systematic Instruction for Teaching Job Skills

Intentional Teaching is a set of data-driven strategies used to teach essential job skills that can be adapted to individuals of all abilities and learning styles. Attendees will participate in a single day of online training to learn the methods of Systematic Instruction and descriptive note taking.

June 21, 2021 from 9am to 4pm

Register Here: https://bit.ly/3bZMxnU

Intentional Teaching: The Essential Elements of Systematic Instruction for Teaching Job Skills

Intentional Teaching is a set of data-driven strategies used to teach essential job skills that can be adapted to individuals of all abilities and learning styles. Attendees will participate in a single day of online training to learn the methods of Systematic Instruction and descriptive note taking.

June 21, 2021 from 9am to 4pm

Register Here: https://bit.ly/3bZMxnU

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unveiling what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind national hotline of...
06/14/2021
Feds Launch Hotline To Help People With Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is unveiling what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind national hotline offering information and services directly aimed at boosting access to the shots for people with disabilities. The Disability Information and Access Line can be reached between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET at 888-677-1199 or by emailing [email protected]."
https://bit.ly/35jb837

A new push is underway to help more people with disabilities get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Emergency Chat (Google / Apple / Microsoft) is a smartphone app that can be used in any situation where speech is impos...
06/14/2021
MyODP News Online: Emergency Chat App

"Emergency Chat (Google / Apple / Microsoft) is a smartphone app that can be used in any situation where speech is impossible, but communication is still necessary.
An individual can pull out their phone, open the app, and give their phone with their personalized message to the person they want to communicate with for help (whether it be a friend/family member, EMT/officer, or a stranger)."
https://bit.ly/2SpdBGz

Emergency Chat (Google / Apple / Microsoft) is a smartphone app that can be used in any situation where speech is impossible, but communication is still necessary.

06/11/2021

Disability Pride Virtual PA is June 21-30, 2021
Let's Make Pennsylvania Disability Proud!
Free Events, Register Today at bit.ly/DisabilityPride2021! Once you register you will receive an email with the links to all events! Make sure to register to receive the email!!

Find out more on our website https://disabilitypridepa.org/event-calendar2021

List of Events:
-Opening Ceremonies with flag raising, speakers, parade
-Straight Talk About the ADA for Students with Disabilities Transitioning to Postsecondary Life
-Live with Gooch & Bri
-Policy Spotlight-HCBS Final Rule, Helping You Live Your Life your way!
-Town Hall: You're Experience with Access with the City
-Let's Make a Pizza Party with Live Music from Alexander Stopp
-Transformative Advocacy with Ms. Wheelchair PA, NOT a pageant!
-Everything You Want to Know About Substance Use but Were Afraid to Ask
-Mindfulness Tips for Better Living
-From Pride to Power through Education
-A Sober Happy Hour: Chat with #Access4Recovery
-Lives Worth Living Watch Party
-Access to Healthcare: A System Approach to Meeting the Needs of Patients with Disabilities
-Conversations About Mental Health and Race: Amplifying Diverse Narratives
-Artist Roundtable II: Dealing with Dark Days
-Using Your Voice for Change
Ableism will Change Our Minds
-Unmasking Workshop for Late Identified Neurodivergent Adults
-How Art is beneficial for Neurodivergent People w/Happy Hour
-A Disabled Only Comedy Festival
-Disability Pride Livestream Concert from Inglis' Innovation Center
-The Floor Is Yours! With Andrew Gurza Of Disability After Dark
-Kinkability II: Sexy, Kinky, and Disabled!
-The Floor is Yours! with Crutches N Spice, aka Imani Barbarin
-Faith & Disability
-Exploring Mindfulness
-Biden Cares Plan & HCBS, What's in it for US?
-Living Tribute to Harvey Finkle, Disability Photojournalist
-Virtual Concert: House of EDGE, Seamus Kelleher, 4 Wheel City
-Medication & Diabetes Management for the Blind/Low Vision Community
-I Want to See- Deaf/Blind Advocacy
-Conversation with Disabled Vets
-Myths and Truth About the Selective Service
-Life after Gun Violence: A Survivor's Perspective
-AT in the IEP: Access for All
-Finance & Budget 101
-Social: Dress Up! Wrap Up Party with the Board!

#DisabilityPrideVirtualPA #DisabilityPridePA #MakePennsylvaniaDisabilityProud #Fun #Advocacy #Access #Inclusion #ArtsCulture #DisabilityJustice #DisabilityRights #DisabilityCulture #ADA31

#GatewayHealth #Inglis #ArtReach #PALink #IndependenceMedia #LibertyResources #DisabilityRightsPennsylvania #Sorenson #PEALCenter #Vision4Equality #JEVShireAbility #AmerihealthCaritas #MidAtlanticADACenter #ADayinOurShoes #JEVSCareatHome #MobilityWorks #DisabilityEmpowermentCenter #PA_CapTel

All events come standard with auto-captions and ASL interpreter. More accommodations can be made while registering.
If you need assistance please contact us!
Email- [email protected]
Phone- (267) 621-148

The Arc of Pennsylvania is pleased to honor Senator Art Haywood as one of the recipients of its coveted “Legislator of t...
06/10/2021
The Arc of Pennsylvania's Legislator of the Year Award - Senator Art Haywood

The Arc of Pennsylvania is pleased to honor Senator Art Haywood as one of the recipients of its coveted “Legislator of the Year” Award at its 2021 Advocacy & Policy Conference!
“Senator Haywood has been a vocal advocate for the rights of Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live and thrive in their communities”, says The Arc of PA’s Executive Director, Sherri Landis.
Listen to Senator Haywood’s acceptance remarks.
https://youtu.be/JP2MK5RK3X4
Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/2RM2MxW

The Arc of Pennsylvania is pleased to present Senator Art Haywood with our Legislator of the Year Award. Senator Haywood shares with our community why our wo...

The Arc of Pennsylvania is pleased to honor PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff as one of the recipients of its coveted “Leg...
06/10/2021
The Arc of Pennsylvania's Legislator of the Year Award - Leader Benninghoff Acceptance Speech

The Arc of Pennsylvania is pleased to honor PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff as one of the recipients of its coveted “Legislator of the Year” Award at its 2021 Advocacy & Policy Conference! “Representative Benninghoff has been a vocal advocate for the rights of Pennsylvanians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live and thrive in their communities”, says The Arc of PA’s Executive Director, Sherri Landis.
Listen to Representative Benninghoff’s acceptance remarks.
https://youtu.be/sP2CWW8XZXg
Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/2RM2MxW.

The Arc of Pennsylvania is pleased to present Leader Benninghoff with our Legislator of the Year Award. Leader Benninghoff shares with our community why our ...

A big THANK YOU to all of the panelists and participants who attended our Advocacy and Policy Conference! Stay tuned ove...
06/08/2021

A big THANK YOU to all of the panelists and participants who attended our Advocacy and Policy Conference! Stay tuned over the next days and weeks as we share key highlights and moments from throughout the day!
You can access information from the event at: https://thearcpa.org/what_we_do/apc/2021-virtual-advocacy-policy-conference-resources.html

A big THANK YOU to all of the panelists and participants who attended our Advocacy and Policy Conference! Stay tuned over the next days and weeks as we share key highlights and moments from throughout the day!
You can access information from the event at: https://thearcpa.org/what_we_do/apc/2021-virtual-advocacy-policy-conference-resources.html

Today is the day! Our Advocacy & Policy Conference is today! We are excited to hear from our panelists on how to expand ...
06/08/2021

Today is the day! Our Advocacy & Policy Conference is today! We are excited to hear from our panelists on how to expand employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Today is the day! Our Advocacy & Policy Conference is today! We are excited to hear from our panelists on how to expand employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Intentional Teaching: The Essential Elements of Systematic Instruction for Teaching Job SkillsIntentional Teaching is a ...
06/07/2021

Intentional Teaching: The Essential Elements of Systematic Instruction for Teaching Job Skills

Intentional Teaching is a set of data-driven strategies used to teach essential job skills that can be adapted to individuals of all abilities and learning styles. Attendees will participate in a single day of online training to learn the methods of Systematic Instruction and descriptive note taking.

June 21, 2021 from 9am to 4pm

Register Here: https://bit.ly/3bZMxnU

Intentional Teaching: The Essential Elements of Systematic Instruction for Teaching Job Skills

Intentional Teaching is a set of data-driven strategies used to teach essential job skills that can be adapted to individuals of all abilities and learning styles. Attendees will participate in a single day of online training to learn the methods of Systematic Instruction and descriptive note taking.

June 21, 2021 from 9am to 4pm

Register Here: https://bit.ly/3bZMxnU

"With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation’s investme...
06/07/2021
Biden's Budget Includes Boost To Special Ed, Disability Services

"With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation’s investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities."
https://bit.ly/3uYwNrU

With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation's investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities.

Deadline to register for The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Advocacy & Policy Conference is Sunday, June 6th! Register now to hea...
06/04/2021

Deadline to register for The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Advocacy & Policy Conference is Sunday, June 6th! Register now to hear about employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Register at www.thearcpa.org

Deadline to register for The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Advocacy & Policy Conference is Sunday, June 6th! Register now to hear about employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Register at www.thearcpa.org

See the below call to action from The Arc US and contact your members of Congress today to tell them to fund people with...
06/03/2021
Act Now: COVID-19 Recovery Requires Historic Investment in Disability Services

See the below call to action from The Arc US and contact your members of Congress today to tell them to fund people with disabilities!

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for people with disabilities, their families, and DSPs. I just took action to tell Congress we need a historic investment in #Medicaid #HCBS system to expand access and to increase wages for the direct care workforce. #MedicaidCantWait [@campaign]

Announcing The Arc of Indiana County’s new Spirit of Food program! We were excited to touch base with Michelle Jordan, E...
06/02/2021
The Arc of Indiana County Highlight

Announcing The Arc of Indiana County’s new Spirit of Food program! We were excited to touch base with Michelle Jordan, Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana County and learn all about this new and exciting initiative. The Arc of PA is proud of our chapters across the Commonwealth who advocate in and for their communities.
https://youtu.be/hZOXyRa6C8o

The Arc of Pennsylvania is proud of the work our local chapters accomplish each and every day. Check out this Chapter Highlight featuring The Arc of Indiana ...

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