The Association For Community Living is now Pathlight.

The Association for Community Living is now Pathlight.

Founded in 1952 by five mothers of young children with developmental disabilities, the Association For Community Living was the first organization in Hampden County dedicated to serving individuals with an intellectual disability.

Now, 64 years later, we’ve helped transform the lives of thousands of families throughout Western Massachusetts.

Along the way we’ve learned that everyone has their own path to travel. And we’ve learned that being able to see and understand the path helps a lot. So we changed our name to reflect who we are today.

We are Pathlight.

Pathlight Challenge and Valley Venture Mentors

We've teamed up with the experts at Valley Venture Mentors to accelerate startups aimed at helping people with disabilities live more independently!


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.

Learn About Our Lifecycle of Services

Birth to Preschool
exploring the world
School Age
learning and growing
Transition Age
preparing for the world
living, loving, and working in the world

Life Change Opportunities