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The Arc of Philadelphia and SpArc Services had a great semester hosting Nina and Tierney, students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Jefferson University. Nina and Tierney got involved with our organization through our HealthMeet program, an initiative of The Arc of Philadelphia that connects  with students in the health professions to teach them about inclusive medicine and working with people with disabilities.

We sat down with Tierney and Nina to hear more about what they learned during the semester and how they applied their occupational therapy curriculum to projects and activities designed for program participants.

Recently we had a Q&A with Mervin Giddins, Job Developer/ Job Coach. Get to know "Merv" by reading the full session.

The Arc of Philadelphia is pleased to announce that the William Penn Foundation will be the lead supporter of our 2021-2022 Parent IEP Training program.

Read about SpArc Cultural Arts staff member, Fred Henzel, who is also a working artist in Philadelphia. He discusses his background in the arts, how he infuses the arts into his daily work, and what he's learned at SpArc.

On a beautiful spring day, participants at SpArc Services bounced from square to square of a winding path, designed like a giant board game. At each roll of the giant dice, participants would advance and get instructions for a new movement, activity, or prompt to speak. 

This activity was designed by Sarah and Anita, two Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) students from the Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University. Sarah and Anita spent their final semester in their Master’s program doing fieldwork with The Arc of Philadelphia and SpArc Services. 

The drop-off of available services after high school for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) can be so dramatic that it has even earned its own nickname, the “service cliff.” To help students navigate their futures after high school, The Arc of Philadelphia teamed up with the School District of Philadelphia on April 14th to present the 2021 Youth Leadership Conference.

Bonita McCabe is the Child Advocacy Director for The Arc of Philadelphia. She is a key player alongside parents and families in helping achieve the best possible educational outcomes for children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD.) 

Celebrating National Developmental Disability Month on SpArc's Virtual Program.

In this Q&A for our “Staff Spotlight,” Aubrey explains how she became passionate about working in this field, why the work NITW does is important, and some ins-and-outs of their process to connect autistic and neurodivergent jobseekers with gainful employment.

The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium holding a 24-hour vaccination clinic.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Partner Organizations