The Arc of Philadelphia

Over the past 65 years, the Arc of Philadelphia 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 SpArc Philadelphia family of organizations.

As an early pioneer, The Arc of Philadelphia advocated for the right of education for school age children, the closure of Pennhurst, and promoted integrated, community and school based services for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  At every step in the struggle for equal rights, The Arc of Philadelphia has been a vibrant catalyst for change at the local, state and national level.  Our relationship building with our state and national legislators is noteworthy and we are seen by them as a leader regarding disability-related system issues.

The Arc of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.



Contact: 215-229-4550,

Location: 2350 West Westmoreland Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140