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
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.
Bullying & Harassment Resources
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.
Think College highlights college options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“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.
“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 & 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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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
Employment Programs in Pennsylvania
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.