The journey from adolescence into adulthood is a unique and intensely personal experience for each one of us. For individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs, and their families, the journey includes unexpected turns and unfamiliar territory. It can be a challenging and stressful time that requires the structure, patience, love, guidance, and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges that will inevitably arise.
For nearly 60 years, we have been committed to helping families support their loved ones with special needs at all stages of their lives – from diagnosis, to early intervention, to the school experience, to the transition to and throughout adulthood. We work with families to ensure a continuation of critical services whenever necessary.
At our May Center schools, as students move from the classroom into the community, we focus on making their transitions as smooth as possible. Individual and group career counseling, supported school and community employment, and life skills training all contribute to our students’ increasing independence and future success.
Our Family Services team works closely with families and social service agencies to help students successfully navigate through their Individual Transition Plan (ITP) and move into adult programs. We provide information, guidance, and support to parents as they evaluate a variety of options for their children.
Most families who require ongoing support choose to continue their relationship with May Institute beyond graduation. These young adults transition directly into our state-of-the-art day programs, and/or our more than 130 group homes across Massachusetts and in Connecticut, ensuring a seamless continuum of care.