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Change is coming! Governor Tom Corbett has signed HB 993 into law, changing the name of the PA Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Human Services. “For the past several years, advocates, families, legislators, and providers have diligently worked to make this change happen,” Secretary Beverly Mackereth said. “Our new name will reflect the services and supports our agency currently provides to individuals and their families.”




The Arc was started over sixty-five years ago by parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities who fought against society’s expectation that their children be sent to state institutions. Thanks to their work, and the movement they created, life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families is far better than it was in the early 1950’s. Today, The Arc is the largest advocacy organization in the United States for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and a range of diagnoses across the spectrum of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Pennsylvania is affiliated with The Arc of the United States and 34 local chapters serving 56 counties across Pennsylvania.

The Arc of Pennsylvania pursues its mission through:
• Public Policy Advocacy
• Family Education
• Public Awareness
• Community Resources

The Arc of Pennsylvania is thrilled to co-sponsor along with Governor Corbett and the PA Council on the Arts; an art contest open to all Pennsylvanians who have a disability. Click the icon above for details of the contest.