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2021 News

State's Human Services Sector Laboring Under Major Pay Gap

Saluting the Caring Force: Taylor-Mitchell plays critical role

Read our 2021 Summer Newsletter!

Meet our new VP of Program Support, Lakesha Ruth

Read our Spring 2021 newsletter!

Join us for a Job Fair!

Steve Lewis Subaru donates $30,500 to Whole Children

Pathlight Hires Kayombo Kamawu as Vice President of Residential Supports

Read our February newsletter

Read our January newsletter

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2020 News

Read our December residential newsletter

Read our November newsletter

Read our October newsletter

Read our September 21st newsletter

Read the Daily Hampshire Gazette article "Portrait of Florence woman in Down Syndrome Society screens in Times Square"

Read the Healthcare News article "Pathlight’s Whole Children Program Makes an Impact Online"

Read our August 6th newsletter

Read our July 16th newsletter

Read our summer newsletter

Read our June 28th newsletter

Read our June 17th newsletter

Emily’s Fund “Simply Staying Afloat” Grants

Read our June 10th newsletter

Keeping the connection: Day programs offer online support for children, young adults with disabilities

Readers’ Voices, Valle Dwight: Will we ever get him out?

Read our May 20th Community Connection newsletter

Read our May 6th Newsletter

Learn how to support people with disabilities during COVID-19

Listen to a podcast featuring Mariame Kounta, Director of Nursing at Pathlight

Pathlight in the era of COVID-19

To the Pathlight Community

We understand that the news about COVID-19 is challenging and ever-changing. Trying to decipher what is best for you, your family and the individuals and families we support can be hard and anxiety producing.  We are working very closely with each other, other providers, our trade organizations and state funders to navigate and come up with action plans.  This unprecedented situation is more than one person, family or provider can solve.  As we work together, we have the best chance of limiting the spread and impact of this virus.

Here at Pathlight (including Autism Connections, Whole Children, Milestones and Family Empowerment) we have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic for several weeks and we continue to actively assess the situation and respond according to the current and anticipated situation. The Pathlight Executive Leadership Team is meeting regularly to evaluate credible information, work with our funders, and implement strategies to support the Pathlight community.

Below is a current report on our situation. We will update this as needed.

Program Locations and Offices


In an effort to protect the individuals we serve and the staff who care for them, we are practicing social distancing by minimizing the number of people in our worksites and our in-person interactions with co-workers.  We are working to arrange for as many staff as possible to work remotely.

All of our sites (offices and residences) are closed to visitors and our offices will have minimal staff and services available. By doing this, we limit the number of potential contacts between people and therefore the opportunities for spread. This also allows the leadership team to focus our efforts on doing everything we can to support and protect the essential staff that we count on to come into work and provide critical services for the people we serve.

At this time our offices are not closed. Critical functions such as health and safety trainings and rep payee processing functions will continue.  We will continue to be here for staff, care providers and families via phone and email.  If you need to visit an office that you don’t normally work in, please call ahead or talk with your supervisor about making other arrangements.


All Residential homes are checking temperatures of staff when they report to work and sending people home if their temperature is 100.3 per current CDC recommendation. We are restricting visitors to our homes and are setting up webcams in homes to help families stay in touch.

Family Services

Family Services are curtailing physical home visits unless approved by management for a specific situation.  They will be calling and video conferencing with families, care providers and individuals on a regular basis.

Whole Children/Milestones enrichment classes

Our regular spring session has been cancelled but we are offering free virtual classes. Please check our website (www.wholechildren.org) and scroll down to the calendar to see a full list of classes and how to connect. These classes are running through Saturday, June 27.

Milestones Day Program, Inclusive Community Center

The Milestone Community Based Day in-person programming is closed until the Department of Developmental Services gives us the okay to reopen. Teachers are running weekly classes, including Men's Group, Art, and Music with Milestones members via teleconferencing. Staff is also conducting 1:1 check-ins weekly with each Milestones member.

2019 News

Ruth Banta: Let’s Dance celebration a hit for Pathlight

November 24, 2019

Let’s Dance for Pathlight

October 22, 2019

‘They are the stars’: Photo exhibit highlights those with developmental disabilities

September 13, 2019

Photography Exhibit to Celebrate People with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism

August 27, 2019

Photography Exhibit to Celebrate People with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism

August 27, 2019

Making News: People in business

August 5, 2019

Pathlight Director Named to Statewide Advocacy Board

July 24, 2019

Pathlight Earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

July 3, 2019

People On The Move

April 30, 2019

Group holds conference to help parents of children with autism through journey

April 24, 2019

Autism Connections hosts sensory-friendly events in Western Mass

April 15, 2019

Pathlight Awards $5,000 Scholarship, Supervision Award to Staff Member

April 2019

Autism Connections will host their 29th annual Autism Conference in Springfield

March 28, 2019

‘A mean-spirited cut’: Valley residents react to DeVos proposal to eliminate funding for Special Olympics

March 28, 2019

Documentary Short 'Ethan' Is A Portrait Of An Amherst Family And Their Son With Autism

March 28, 2019

Live and Thrive with Disabilities

March 12, 2019

Agencies partnering on legislative breakfast

March 13, 2019

People dive into Connecticut River for 10th annual Leprechaun Plunge

March 10, 2019

Annual Leprechaun Plunge in South Hadley to benefit several charities

March 10, 2019

Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club has sensory-friendly day on the ice

February 23, 2019

Pathlight Moves to Bigger Quarters in Pittsfield

February 2019

Celebrity bartending event in South Hadley benefits annual Leprechaun Plunge

February 7, 2019

Editorial: Valley Tees will be missed

January 8, 2019

2018 News

Valley Tees closes after 24 years

December 31, 2018

Advocacy Network Donates $17,000 to Whole Children

December 2018

Grant to help Pathlight expand Whole Selves program for developmentally disabled, autistic students

December 18, 2018

Ruth Banta: Thank you for a successful Let’s Dance

December 07, 2018

With the Joyful Chorus, Every Voice is Heard

October 26, 2018

Pathlight Awarded $23,000 to Support Innovative Curriculum

October 2018

Emily List Fund benefits arts programs, including Whole Children of Hadley

June 26, 2018

Eric Carle Museum to feature 'Penderwick' author Jeanne Birdsall

June 3, 2018

NAELA Announces Winner of President's Recognition Award

May 29, 2018

Whole Children’s Goose Chase Set for Sunday

May 16, 2018

Autistic Students Support each other at Holyoke Community College

May 7, 2018

Pathlight Taps Andrew Caires as New CFO

April 17, 2018

Pathlight Awards $5,000 Scholarship to Staff Member Erika Gleason

April 11, 2018

Chicopee Autism Fair Helps Parents Find Resources, Support

April 9, 2018

April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month!

April 1, 2018

Berkshire County Raises Autism Awareness: From Art Shows to Legislation

March 27, 2018

A Walk Through Life that Embraces each Wondrous Day

March 25, 2018

The Heartbeats For Autism Raises Funds And Awareness

March 18, 2018

Seen@ A Night at the Museum, a benefit for Autism Connections

January 28, 2018

Stepping Out for Autism gala brings hundreds to Springfield History Museum

January 27, 2018

Family’s Story about Living with Autism to Screen at Film Festival

January, 2018

2017 News

Teen overcomes stroke, Down syndrome to dance in ballet this weekend

December 8, 2017

Paul Silva Has Not Just One New Startup, but Two of Them

November 28, 2017

Festival of Trees: A Holiday Tradition

November 17, 2017

Let's Dance! Regina Norling on 93.9 The River

November 17, 2017

Pathlight, VVM Seek Innovations to Benefit People with Disabilities

September 14, 2017

Pathlight Fellows Advance Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

July 31, 2017

Pathlight Fellows Advance Tech Concepts Through VVM Accelerator

July 2017

Voices of the Valley: Ruth Banta, Executive Director

June 19, 2017

Soul Mates: Disabilities Don’t Hinder Romance

May 23, 2017

The Annual Autism Conference

April 4, 2017

Pathlight to Making Dreams Come True

The Darren FUNd helps to bring joy to people with disabilities.

Pathlight to Making Dreams Come True

Tim Shriver
Special Olympics Chairman

Pathlight for Making Dreams Come True

Savannah Guthrie
on the Darren FUNd

8th Annual Stepping Out for Autism

January 28, 2017

8th Annual Stepping Out for Autism

January 28, 2017
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8th Annual Stepping Out for Autism

January 18, 2017

You'll Like It Here

Ed Orzechowski's book details life of man who lived at Belchertown State School

Erasing Lines of Differences

by Carrie McGee
January 10, 2017

Pathlight Response

to Chicago disability hate crime
January 6, 2017

2016 News

Anna Dyrkacz

Named CFO, VP of Administration of Pathlight
December 2016

Name Change and Valley Venture Mentors

Association for Community Living changes name, partners with Valley Venture Mentors
September 21, 2016

Name Change

The Association for Community Living Becomes November 14, 2016

Name Change and Valley Venture Mentors

Association for Community Living Unveils New Name, Partnership with Valley Venture Mentors
September 22, 2016

Name Change

CRPA now Autism Connections
November 14, 2016

Name Change

Community Resources for People with Autism Changes Its Name
November 11, 2016

Name Change

Autism organization undergoes name change
November 14, 2016

Ruth Banta

Named Executive Director of Pathlight
July 26, 2016

Ruth Banta

Named Executive Director of Pathlight
July 2016