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GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

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Give to Pathlight, Whole Children or Autism Connections for the biggest donation event of the year – no amount is too little and nonprofits need your support.

See your generosity reflected in their joyful smiles

These smiles are all because of YOU! Each donation, especially during #GivingTuesday, helps support programs and activities for our children and adults at Pathlight, Whole Children and Autism Connections.

How Can My Donations Help?

Your support allows us to offer programs that enrich the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

                    Residential Homes
              Recreational Activities
                      Performing Arts
                  Financial Assistance
                  Innovative Support

Our Programs


In 1952, we first served 5 children…

Now Pathlight is proud to serve infants to elders of all ages, in all stages. We want to live in a world where people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and autism are recognized for their full human potential; where they are empowered to build an engaged and connected life, made up of the people and activities that they choose and that are meaningful to them.

We achieve this vision through a shared commitment to a well-trained and supported workforce and by focusing on the wishes and dreams of the people we serve.

We offer a broad range of services tailored to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, and their families. These include (but are not limited to) residential programs, performing arts, sex and relationship education, recreation and enrichment activities, behavioral supports and medical care. We also provide support and resources for families so that they can be the best advocates for their family members.


Whole Children provides recreational, social and enrichment programs…

for children and teens of all abilities, including those with special needs. We provide valuable resources for their families and facilitate inclusion with the larger community.

All of our classes have built-in skill-building components, whether it's teaching the finer points of basketball, how to navigate the playground, or how to talk to friends.

We are a social/recreation center that welcomes families and students of all abilities, philosophies, and cultures. We are not a therapeutic program and we do not adhere to any one system or approach to teaching, running groups, or working with students. Whole Children is a community of families who are walking a similar path and who are happy to share the experience!


When a family first contacts Autism Connections, someone who understands autism and the family’s needs welcomes them.

As children grow and make transitions to preschool, kindergarten, high school and adulthood, Autism Connections walks alongside and continues to provide information and support through these life changes.

Our two main offices are located in Easthampton and Pittsfield, but our Autism Specialists are available throughout western Massachusetts as well as their families, friends and professionals.

Shortly after the initial contact, families receive basic information about autism, Autism Connections’ services, and how they can begin to advocate for their child and obtain needed supports.

Meet Shirley

Pathlight offers several community living options, all of which foster independence in the community and a solid family life at home. Two of these programs, Shared Living and Adult Family Care (AFC), operate on the premise that people thrive and grow to meet their potential for independent, fulfilled lives when they have strong, ongoing personal relationships, access to community activities and individualized care that matches their unique needs and capabilities.

For Shirley, the support she has gotten from Pathlight’s AFC program has helped her to live with her mom, stepfather, sister, and cousin in Pittsfield.

Shirley, 33, was diagnosed with autism when she was 11 years old. She became involved with AFC in 2012 and she is grateful for the support it offers her. She credits the consistency of her family dynamic, supported by Pathlight, with her success.

Pathlight has also helped provide resources for her to continue to explore her multitude of hobbies. Her favorite pastimes include baking cookies, singing, watching TV, going shopping and, most importantly, taking care of her cats and dogs — Raven, Sparrow, Sergeant and Lucy.

“Pathlight has let me be able to live with my family and learn how to be independent, and my home is a place where I can have my pets without anyone saying I can’t,” Shirley says.

Make a donation for children and adults like Shirley

When you give to Pathlight, Autism Connections or Whole Children, your donation goes towards helping out numerous children and adults everyday to become independent and provide support. Consider making a donation today to make a difference to hundreds of families.