5th Annual Lantern Illumination Celebration 2024

Saturday, May 18th

Valley Regional High School - Deep River, Connecticut   6:30-9:00 pm

Join us for our 5th annual Lantern Illumination Celebration event celebrating individuals of all abilities.

Our 5th annual Lantern Illumination Celebration: Lighting the Way for People of All Abilities, is a community event which lifts up the local neurodiverse young folks we serve as well as all community members who experience the world differently. Participants at our Lantern Illumination Celebration decorate eco-friendly paper lanterns with pictures, poems, and words of hope and add them into a grand display of light for all to see. Here, young people, parents, and peers gather to celebrate minds of all kinds. Additionally, this celebration will also showcase the artistic light of the young neurodiverse creators as they share their artistic spirit and creativity with the greater community in our brand new Neurodiverse Artists' Showcase. We hope that you will join us in creating this festival of light and inclusion.

The event is free to all; we request folks consider donating to help us make the event accessible to all and support our programs! This in-person community event brought to you by A Little Compassion Inc. (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit) and its flagship program, The Nest Coffee House. Our little nonprofit has a big mission to change the lives of young adults with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and related conditions. When you attend or donate to Lantern Illumination Celebration 2024, you're providing support and event access for the most vulnerable members of our community. Together we change lives!

 Register Here 

Can't make it but still want to support our mission? You can provide admission to tri-town special education students, neurodiverse young adults, and other folks who otherwise would not be able to attend by making a donation below!

 Donate Here 

Thank You!


If you have any questions please contact Director of Development Rich Wills, at