Our History

Pathfinders, Inc. (d/b/a Pathfinders for Autism) was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in February 2000 by parents of children with autism, including Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer William "B.J." Surhoff and his wife Polly Winde Surhoff. After 18 months of development, Pathfinders for Autism launched the Pathfinders for Autism Resource Center – offering knowledgeable staff and a searchable online database to help families in Maryland find critical service providers quickly and efficiently.

Since then, Pathfinders for Autism has grown into the State's largest autism organization dedicated to helping individuals, parents, and professionals find resources, supports, and training while working to increase the awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

To learn more about Pathfinders for Autism' resource center, training, awareness campaigns, safety initiatives and free family recreational activities please visit our Mission and Programs section and check out our News and Events sections.

The Pathfinders for Autism Year End Accomplishments and 990 Forms are available via download, in PDF format, in our Year End Report and Financials section.

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