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The Arc of Pennsylvania was honored to have Pennsylvania's First Lady, Susan Corbett, attend our 2014 Advocacy & Policy Day. Mrs. Corbett was on hand to announce an art contest for all Pennsylvanian's with disabilities. The contest, "ART: The Universal Language" is co-sponsored by, The Arc of Pennsylvania, the PA Council on the Arts, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Advocacy & Policy Day. Because you were there to share, inform, and participate, we are able to announce the 2014 Advocacy & Policy Day a success.

Below are links to presentations of some of our guest speakers.


* To read the 2014-15 summary of the Governor's budget by The Arc of Pennsylvania, click the link below.


Pennsylvania First Lady, Susan Corbett, shares some time with self-advocates from The Arc of Pennsylvania

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.


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