Celebrating 140 Years of Changing Lives

In 1883, Chester Arthur was President. The Brooklyn Bridge opened. Thomas Edison started a lighting company. There were 38 states.

And a teacher from Philadelphia started one of the nation’s first schools for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities – with just one student, in Haddonfield, NJ.

Margaret Bancroft rightly believed children with disabilities could learn when given individualized attention, patience and love; a radical and innovative approach for the time.

For 140 years, Bancroft has been changing the lives of those living with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Today, we are a thriving regional provider of services and supports across the lifespan. We’re proud to celebrate the legacy launched 140 years ago, and look forward to building an innovative, sustainable future for those who need our support.

The Community Celebrates With Us

Community leaders from New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Murphy to NBC10’s Sheila Watko have taken notice of Bancroft’s amazing accomplishment and have reached out to congratulate us. Hear what they have to say!

Reflect on Our Legacy

Margaret Bancroft, a pioneer in the field of special education, began Bancroft in 1883. The organization has grown to become the regional leader in helping those with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries live their best lives.

Black and white photo of Margaret Bancroft, a light-skinned woman wearing a lacy dress and reading a book

Join our Team

Today, Bancroft is 2,900 team members strong – and growing. Reaching 140 years is no small feat – and it would not be possible without the care and expertise of the men and women who work here. 

Help us Change Lives

As a nonprofit organization, philanthropy and community support are crucial to our mission of empowering individuals to live their best lives. Your generosity helps fuel enrichment activities, new technology, community outings and so much more – ensuring we can continue our work for generations to come. 

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