Welcome to the resources section of The Arc of Pennsylvania. We have gathered information on a variety of topics which could be helpful to you and your family. Please note that we do not endorse these resources and not all of the websites or resources below will use person-first language.

Abuse and Disability

Guidelines for Direct Support Professionals on how to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation. From Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Overview of the Adult Protective Services (APS) Act in Pennsylvania from Disability Rights Pennsylvania. APS created a system to report abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities age 18-59 in Pennsylvania.

SAFE: A Personal Safety Training Guide for Adults with Disabilities and Care Providers. From the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.  This curriculum is designed to educate adults with disabilities about abuse and their rights.

Abuse Prevention resources from The Arc of Greater Twin Cities. 

Curriculum on Abuse Prevention and Empowerment from the World Institute on Disability

Bullying & Harassment Resources

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s Position Paper on Bullying.


PA Positive Behavioral Support Fact Sheet. From The PAPBS Alliance, this discusses the Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Support model that helps improve school climate.


PA’s Schoolwide Behavior Support System. From the Pennsylvania Department of Education, more in-depth information on the SWPBS model.


Disability for Higher Education

The D.R.E.A.M. Partnership develops postsecondary educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania that includes independent and supported dormitory options. They offer scholarship options for college students who have a disability.

List of Colleges With Programs For Students With Learning Disabilities

Think College highlights college options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities from AffordableColleges.com

List of disability scholarships from Scholarships.com. 

Disability Movies

Front of the Class (2008)

“Brad Cohen who, despite being challenged by Tourette’s Syndrome at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher.” You can view the trailer here.

Girlfriend (2010)

“A young man with Down syndrome romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.” You can view the trailer of this White Sands International Film Festival award-winning film here.

Heartbreak and Beauty (2016) 

“Heartbreak & Beauty is an experimental film that explores the notion that we are all connected through our shared experiences of love and loss through visual metaphor, dance and poetry, all from the perspectives of twelve people living with an intellectual disability.” You can view the trailer of this multi-award winning film here.

Miracle in Lane 2 (2000)

“Based on a true story, a 12-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair is determined to win a trophy like his athletic older brother.”

The Miracle Worker (2000)

“Devoted teacher Anne Sullivan (Alison Elliott) leads…Helen Keller (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) out of solitude and helps integrate her into the world.” You can view the trailer here.

My Left Foot (1989)

“Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot.” You can view the trailer of this Oscar-award winning film here.

Soul Surfer (2011)

“Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.” You can view the trailer here.

Temple Grandin (2010)

“A biopic of Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.” You can view the trailer here.

Where Hope Grows (2014)

“A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young-man with Down syndrome who works at the local grocery store.” You can view the trailer here.

Disabilities and Sexuality

Sex Education for Youth with Disabilities – Resources for Parents and Professionals from Advocates for Youth.

Disability Sexuality: Information on Sex & Disabled Sexual Issues from Disabled World.

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities from ParentHub. 

Multiple articles and books on sexuality Education for youth with disabilities or chronic illnesses from the University of Michigan. 

Teaching Sex Ed for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

Sexuality and Disability: A Guide for Parents from The Arc of Spokane

Employment Programs in Pennsylvania

The Arc of Pennsylvania’s ADEPT program

Labor & Industry Resources for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

I Want To Work Campaign

Help with Finding a Job

From Disability.gov, a host of helpful resources on writing a resume to help you land an interview. Includes resources to help you with specific challenges during the interview itself such as whether or not to disclose your disability.

An outline from Regis University of the job interview process as well as tips for how to prepare. Geared towards college students. 

A list of tips from job search website Monster.com for developing confidence before the interview process.

A list of interview and follow-up tips from Mission Empower.

A list of simple techniques from America’s Job Exchange for people for disabilities during the interview process.

From the Rochestor Institute on Technology – comprehensive useful list of resources, tips, and a list of organizations wanting to hire people with disabilities for jobs or internships.