The SPARC Program is a state-licensed adult training facility that serves adults in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. It is staffed by a Program Director, Program Specialists, and a team of Direct Care Professionals.
The program is designed to provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore interests, develop skills, and interact with their communities in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. The needs of each participant are met through a person-centered approach, helping develop daily living, communication, socialization, habilitation and community integration skills. Participants are selected to participate in a variety of core concentration options based on their abilities and personal choice that include:
Community Volunteerism – participants learn and enhance work-related skills by volunteering their time and talents at more than 16 community volunteer sites, doing activities such as light cleaning, hospitality, delivering and serving food, landscaping, patient interaction through music, managing various thrift shops and mailings.
Community Outings – participants enhance their social skills by, visiting museums, shopping skills, bowling, horseback riding, miniature golf, movies, and community recycling centers.
Daily Living Skills – participants who need more assistance from staff are given the opportunity to learn skills such as managing their lives through personal safety, personal hygiene, communication skills, money identification and emergency procedures.
Therapeutic Services –participants receive a variety of regular stimulating therapies such as, pet therapy, musical therapy, horticultural therapy, and Wildlands Conservancy sessions.
The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties is a non-profit organization as defined by IRS regulations. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.