We are getting ready for our Annual Signature Fundraiser


Click here to get for more information, to become a sponsor, to donate a silent auction item, to purchase tickets and to learn more about the event.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, February 27, 2015 at The Springfield Country Club!

Eileen MacDonald Named Executive Director

MacDonald Headshot

Eileen MacDonald has been named Executive Director of The Arc of Delaware County by the Board of Directors. MacDonald officially assumed this new role on August 23.

“The Arc Board has unanimously selected Eileen to be our next Executive Director,” says Colleen Shepherd, President. “We have experienced many difficult changes in recent months, we need a leader who has a vision for how The Arc will build upon and advance nearly six decades of dedication and leadership to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Eileen has a commitment to The Arc’s core values and mission, and a capacity to strategically guide the association forward. The Board has great confidence that MacDonald will continue to develop rich and meaningful relationships with Arc members and our partners within the community.”

MacDonald’s background uniquely positions her to assume this post, as she was the former Development Director at The Arc, as well as the Social Recreation Coordinator, both of which functions are necessary to continue to run a successful organization today and into the future.   Social Recreation is one of the most important resources our members depend on.  MacDonald has been a volunteer with The Arc for over 10 years, following in the footsteps of her sister, brother-in-law and entire family, serving individuals with disabilities.

MacDonald states “I am honored to accept the appointment of Executive Director for The Arc and I look forward to my involvement in the bright future of our organization as we continue a tradition spanning over 50 years of service to the community.  I appreciate the Board of Director’s confidence in me to work with them in tandem to continue to improve, strengthen and grow The Arc of Delaware County.”

Meet & Greet Meeting

On  Monday, September 22, 2014 there will be a membership meeting of The Arc of Delaware County.  The meeting will take place at the DCIU, Room #171, 200 Yale Avenue, Morton, PA  19070 at 7:00 PM.

This will give the membership an opportunity to meet the new Staff Members s well as Board Members.  members will have the opportunity to offer suggestions and ask any questions they may have.

We ask that you please RSVP to

Wee look forward to seeing everyone on the 22nd.

Meet & Greet Meeting

Monday, September 22, 2014
7:00 PM

Room #171
200 Yale Avenue
Morton, PA  19070

Take at look at this!!!

In November, Dr. Chaya Herzberg, a member of The Arc of Delaware County Board of Directors will be traveling to Haiti as part of a medical team.  While there, she will be providing eye exams to children of several orphanages as well as adults in the community.
In order to assist the teams efforts, we are asking that anyone who has any unused prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses or reading glasses please send them to or drop them off to The Arc Office at 740 S. Chester Road, Suite G, Swarthmore, PA  19081.
We will be collecting glasses until October 31, 2014.
Please donate your glasses and join us in wishing Chaya the best of luck in this wonderful humanitarian and charitable effort. 
Thank you!

Come join us on a tasty tour of the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory

Please join us for the “Tastiest Tour In Town”!  It’s the REAL factory,
the REAL workers and the REALprocess Herr’s has perfected to make their
products taste REALLY great!
We’ll have a fun-filled morning of educational tidbits, technological feats and tasty little morsels!  Prior to the tour we will receive the inside scoop on the history of Herr’s.
  • The tour will take about 1 hour depending on the manufacturing schedule.  The tour is based around their live manufacturing and that schedule can change.
  • Please wear flat rubber soled shoes.  This is a walking tour.  There are no seating areas along the tour route.  During the tour we will walk outdoors between three different buildings.
  • Use of cameras and cell phones is not permitted on the tour.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Departure for the trip will be at 9:00 am SHARP from the Springfield Mall Parking Lot outside of Macy’s on the Baltimore Pike side.

Herr’s Snack Factory Tour
271 Old Baltimore Pike
Nottingham, PA  19362-9788

** $30.00 per person  
Includes round trip transportation, tour and lunch!
(Lunch includes: hot dog, peanut butter and jelly or chicken fingers with a small soft drink of your choice and chips.  Once registered, you will be contacted for your lunch choice as they need to be pre-ordered.)
ONLY 45 tickets are available so don’t wait…register now!!
** Transportation will be available provided the
 minimum number of participants register to attend.



As a Dad today — whether full-time employee or stay-at-home Dad, married or single —  you’re setting new standards for parental involvement.  And when your son or daughter is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and requires special education services in school, the stakes are higher and your role in the process becomes all the more critical.

If you’ve found yourself sitting in a school meeting where the language, players, and processes are confusing, you’re not alone.

If you’ve questioned whether your child is actually making progress in school, you’re not alone.

If you don’t know the difference between an IEP and an IU and could sooner put together a piece of furniture from IKEA without instructions than you can interpret your child’s testing scores, you’re not alone.

This workshop will replace questions with expertise and will help you gain the information and knowledge you need to effectively advocate for your child’s needs in school.  There’s no time to waste.

WHAT:  “The Dad Dilemma: Your Child, Autism, & Special Education℠”


Thursday, July 10th, Berwyn, PA

TIME: 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

PRESENTER:  Debra Schafer, CEO & Founder

COST:  $75. (lunch will be provided)


  • Registration is required as seating is limited.  No walk-in registrations.
  • No refunds, however you may substitute a grandfather, uncle or similar only.
  • We recommend that you have a copy of your child’s Evaluation Report and IEP or 504 with you for reference.

Click here for Registration


The Arc of Delaware County has endorsed the Six by 15 Campaign

2015 will mark 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA.  

The Arc of Delaware County has joined the efforts of achieving six National goals by the end of 2015.   The Goals include:

Community Living
Healthy Living
Early Childhood

Click for further information on each of the goals.