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May 02, 2017

Celebrating 140 Years of Ability & Independence

An historic organization, with the mindset of a startup — that describes Inglis as we celebrate our 140th birthday this year.

(Closed Captioned version coming soon!)

The way we refer to people with disabilities has changed over the years; so has our approach to care. Our Person-Centered Care model is making Inglis House a place that residents can call home. Today’s six, newly renovated neighborhoods are colorful and welcoming — so different from the institutional atmosphere of the past.


  • See the great photos from our Patrons' Event on May 4, 2017 when we celebrated our 140th Birthday.
  • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney kicked off the event!  
  • Along with friends, family, residents, consumers and donors, the Inglis Community was joined by Councilman Derek Green (Chair, of the Council’s Committee on the Disabled and Persons with Special Needs) representatives from Councilman Jones’ office,  Assistant Deputy Mayor Charles Horton (Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Disability), as well as current and former Inglis Board members. 


Inglis’ ongoing investments in affordable, wheelchair-accessible housing, smart home technology and community support services help hundreds of people with disabilities to thrive in communities. Our Adapted Technology Program enables them to complete their degrees and connect with family and friends. Thanks to funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, we are able to bring adapted technology to people with disabilities across the Delaware Valley.

While major government funding cuts loom, Inglis continues to advance new ideas and alternatives. We help people with disabilities redefine independence and ability every day.  Although we can’t reverse disease or undo permanent injury, we can remove barriers and help people live as independently as possible — defined by who they are as individuals, not by their disabilities.  

Today’s consumers benefit from those who fought for accessible schools, sidewalks, and transportation. Many in our community became disabled after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so have never known life with a disability without these protections. but so many more remember what life was like before those protections were enacted. We must ensure that the promises of the ADA are fully enjoyed and protected for future generations.  

Below, you will find links to many articles highlighting our long history and how we are looking towards the future.  Thank you for being a part of our nearly a century and a half of care and commitment to people with disabilities - and those who care for them. We look forward to continuing to support people with disabilities to redefine ability & independence every day.