In the early 1970s, a series of televised reports graphically exposed to a shocked public the inhumane treatment of people with intellectual disabilities at Staten Island’s Willowbrook Hospital. The images oand the disturbing testimony caused an outcry for reform .
In an historic ruling, the U.S. District Court demanded immediate changes designed to provide improved care. IN 1978, a group of concerned members of the Eastern Long Island community established the Independent Group Home Living Program (IGHL), a not- for-profit agency dedicated the enrichment of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Today, IGHL operates over 50 group homes and day habilitation centers, as well as a 60,000 square foot Opportunity Center.