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Welcome to The Arc of Pennsylvania

The Arc of Pennsylvania promotes the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


The Arc of Pennsylvania was presented the Thaddeus Stevens Award at the Public Interest Law Center’s (PILCOP) 50th Anniversary celebration in Philadelphia. The Thaddeus Stevens awards are presented each year “to individuals or organizations whose actions best exemplify our mission”. The Arc of PA and PILCOP partnered in the 1971 case PARC v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This was the first successful case in the country that established the rights of students with disabilities to receive a public education. The Arc of PA and PILCOP partnered again to join the class action lawsuit, Halderman v. Pennhurst filed by residents challenging the horrendous conditions at the Pennhurst State School and Hospital. Thank you PILCOP for honoring The Arc of PA!

Front Row: Jim Wilson, Tom Gilhool, Jillian Gilhool
Back Row: Shirley Keith Knox, Sherri Landis


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An Action Alert notifies subscribers of critical legislation or government action generally five or six times a year that impact Pennsylvanians with disabilities. The Arc of PA issues Action Alerts to gain grassroot support from our subscribers. Subscribing to receive Action Alerts will assure your knowledge of timely disability-related issues while automatically identifying your legislator and allowing you to call or conveniently send an email. For example, we were able to notify thousands that our state legislature was considering charging monthly premiums for children with disabilities “loophole/PH 95” receiving medical assistance services.


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Alexa's Home

Alexa Brill is a college graduate, advocate, and home owner. She also happens to have cerebral palsy. You can now view "Alexa's Home", a video sponsored by The Arc of Pennsylvania, which shows how Alexa lives independently with the help of technology.

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