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Pathlight partners with people with disabilities to create opportunities and build relationships throughout their lives.

We are the premier provider of exceptional services to people with disabilities and their families.  In partnership, we design high quality, innovative, and person-centered supports for those we serve within our community.

Pathlight firmly believes that people with developmental disabilities should be welcomed, contributing members of their communities. We pursue this commitment through an innovative and energetic approach, reflective of the pioneering spirit that brought us together

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Founded in 1952 by five mothers of young children with developmental disabilities, Pathlight was the first organization in Hampden County dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities. These women shared a dream that their children would live and grow as valued members of their communities, despite the fact that this vision challenged prevalent societal expectations that people with developmental disabilities were best separated from their families and placed in institutions.
Together, these mothers and their families joined forces in Western Massachusetts and beyond to  create a movement designed  to  create opportunities, build relationships, and improve lives of those with developmental disabilities. They recruited friends, neighbors, local businesses, and community organizations to help. They were joined by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Springfield Druggists Association, Holy Name Social Center, Lodge of Elks, Springfield Fire Fighters’ Union, local banks, school superintendents, legislators, and Community United Way, to name just a few.