Historical Documents

Some of the documents listed below may not be fully accessible due to their age, but we include them here for historical accuracy.

  • This PowerPoint lays out the history of The Arc in a clear and understandable way.

  • This document explains the general history of The Arc of PA from 1949 to 1990 in some detail.

  • This timeline outlines some significant positive Legislative and Legal Actions that occurred between 1954 and 2001.

  • This court document states that people with intellectual disabilities should not be denied access to education. In addition, notice and a due process hearing must occur in order to change the “educational assignment” of a child with an intellectual disability.

  • This news article discusses the signing of the above document, “PARC Consent Decree 1972”, which gave people with intellectual disabilities the right to an education.

  • This document is an historical overview of “Pennsylvania’s Right To Education Task Force System”.

  • This timeline traces events that occurred up to the final development of the PARC Consent Decree of 1972.

  • Initial “Commonwealth Plan for Education and Training” of children with intellectual disabilities. This relates to the implementation of the PARC Consent Decree of 1972.

  • “Commonwealth Plan for Identification, Location, and Evaluation” of children with intellectual disabilities. This relates to the implementation of the PARC Consent Decree of 1972.

  • Everyday Lives Booklet - This booklet depicts the historical and present situations of people with intellectual disabilities. It also provides stories about real-life people