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Dr. Beth Jerskey, May Institute’s VP of Professional Training and Research, Co-authors Research Article in the American Journal of Medical Genetics
Beth Jerskey, Ph.D., May Institute’s Vice President of Professional Research and Training, co-authored a research article that was recently published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. more

Step by Step to Success: Helping young adults move out of the classroom and into the community
As published in Exceptional Parent magazine. more

September is Safety Month!
Randolph May Center School is celebrating September Safety Month. more

Cradles to Crayons
This May Institute Employee-driven project was aimed at providing shoes and socks to children who are living without. more

Keep Calm and Clip On!
Declan and the May Center in Brockton are Looking for Your Support – and Your Box Tops! more

Travel to China Opens Doors to Collaboration and Sharing Expertise
“We are very excited about collaborating with Stars and Rain to improve services for children and adolescents with ASD in China.” – Dr. Lauren C. Solotar, May Institute President and CEO more

Does Your Child Need Behavioral Health Services?
Perhaps the place to start is by applying for MassHealth insurance (for families living in Massachusetts only). more

The Bay School's Summer Raffle - Be a Winner!
The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, is holding an exciting Summer Raffle to raise funds for student curriculum and technology! more

Have You Heard?
May Institute Is On WBUR 90.9 FM in Massachusetts! more

Wellness Team Challenge – The Results Are In!
May's Spring Wellness Team Challenge kicked off with more employee participants than we imagined, and what fun! more

Florida Staff Celebrate May Institute’s 60th Birthday in Style

May Institute Clinician Dr. Robert F. Putnam Co-authors Review Published in Behavior Analysis in Practice
Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Vice President, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for May Institute, co-authored an article about PBIS and applied behavior analysis (ABA) that was published in Behavior Analysis in Practice. more

May School Parents and Caregivers Meet and Support Each Other
“I would highly recommend this group to other parents,” says Sabrina. “It is a very comfortable and inviting open forum that maintains confidentiality and anonymity and provides a great way for finding information, seeking help...” more

Does Someone You Love Have Autism, Brain Injury, or Special Needs?
One of many events throughout our 60th year to introduce you to individuals who are personally impacted by autism, brain injury, or special needs. more

The Bay School Celebrates May Institute’s 60th Birthday
Staff members at The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Santa Cruz, Calif. recently celebrated May Institute’s 60th birthday in style. more

National Nurses Week 2015
We are celebrating National Nurses' Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. In honor of the remarkable nurses that work at May Institute, we are going to highlight and introduce you to one nurse a day. more

Legislators Visit May Center School for Brain Injury
The May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders in Brockton, Mass., was proud to host their “Invite Your Legislator to School Day" during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March. more

Celebrating Shirley!
​Congratulations to Shirley Gan celebrating 20 years with the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders! more

2014 Trustees' Fund Awards Recipients Celebrated!
Congratulations to all six of May Institute's Trustee Award winners. more

Snow Dragon Comes to Life!
When Jen Vanora - our amazing art teacher, came to me with an idea to create a snow dragon I was drawn in immediately by the obvious excitement. Jen had a wonderful idea, a plan to execute, and I wanted to support her! It is this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that makes our school so special - Thank you to Jen and all the others - student and staff alike who went along with it! more

Meet U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Small
Today Staff Sargeant Small presented May Institute with an American flag that was flown over Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. more

Day Hab Participants Package Up Sweet Treats for our Troops
Individuals from the Adult Day Habilitation program in Randolph, Mass., have landed quite a sweet gig. more

The May Daycare and Preschool in Randolph, Mass., held its first annual Rodman Ride-a-Thon Fundraiser
Congratulations to all the kids, and big thanks to all who supported their efforts, which raised almost $2500! more

The Bay School named a “Charity of Choice” for California Chili Cook-Off, wins $750 prize!
The Bay School is chosen as the chosen charity for local real estate office Aldina Realty, wins 2nd place and $750.00 in a Chili Cook off! more

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
Improving employment opportunities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) benefits the business community and helps these individuals become more independent. more

Expansion of May Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Military Families

May Institute Clinicians Melanie DuBard and James Luiselli Co-author Study in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
May Institute clinicians Melanie Dubard, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Vice President of Clinical and Educational Services, and James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, are co-authors of a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. more

Rodman Ride for Kids 2014 Was Terrific!
Hooray for our riders, corporate sponsors, and donors! more

May Institute Clinicians Co-author Study on Functional Analysis and Treating Aggressive Behavior
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, and Gary M. Pace, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Neurorehabilitation Services, are co-authors of a new study. more

Internships Help Pave Way for Clinicians and Researchers
May Institute is pleased to welcome our 2014-2015 doctoral intern class! Our incoming interns are Tiffany Born, Traci Taber, Greg Schutte, Whitney Wood, Kira Branch, Camila Godoy-Delgado, Lauren Carbonell, and Matthew Roth. more

HUB International New England Tees Up Support
We were pleased to welcome representatives from HUB International New England LLC, a leading North American insurance brokerage and May Institute business partner, to our Randolph campus recently. more

May Institute Clinician Co-authors Research Study on Effectiveness of Treatment Integrity Training Methods
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review for May Institute, has co-authored an article published in Behavior Analysis in Practice, a peer- publication designed to provide science-based, best-practice information relevant to service delivery in behavior analysis. more

Not Your Average Joe's Fundraiser for the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders

May Institute's Dr. James Luiselli, editor of new book on advances and innovations in ASD
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, May Institute’s Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, is the editor of Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). more

A Special Thank You…
to Helena Jones-Wreh and Fred Mugaga for helping to raise awareness among May staff about the plight of girls in Liberia. more

Discovering Cultural Sensitivity
May Institute’s Diversity & Inclusion Council recently hosted Dr. Hugo Kamya, a professor of clinical practice, trauma, and narrative therapies at Simmons College of Social Work. more

Bloom where you are planted!
Taking advantage of long-awaited summer-like weather during two recent weekends, parents, teachers, administrators, students, and their siblings joined together to plant flowers in the yards of our eight group homes in Randolph, Mass. more

B. F. Skinner: The Scientist as a Father
Julie S. Vargas, Ph.D., longtime educator, former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and daughter of the renowned scientist B.F. Skinner, recently delivered a presentation at May Institute’s corporate headquarters in Randolph, Mass. more

Our own "angels" -- our Nurses!
May 7, 2014, was set aside to honor the dedication and hard work of our nurses as we celebrated nurses’ week. more

La Casa Es Donde Esta el Corazón - Home is Where the Heart is
In Western Mass., May Institute has taken great pride and care in providing a unique residence for four elderly gentlemen with developmental and physical disabilities. All four once called Puerto Rico home. more

Does someone you love have autism? Share your story with us!

A Community of Caring
Declan came to the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders when he was 9 years old. A rare brain tumor and the resulting brain injury altered the course of his life at a young age. more

Meet Jalisa through her Mother Sue - Parent at May School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders
"When she came to the May, I saw an immense leap...They just knew how to teach her. They treat her appropriately, and she responds appropriately." more

"Wanna have a catch, Dad?"
For a child on the autism spectrum, some everyday tasks can be challenging and at times impossible. But for one student, fulfilling his dad's wish to play catch with his son, was a wish he could finally grant. more

And then I met Nick. -Erica's Story

2013 Trustees' Fund Awards Recipients Celebrated!
Trustees’ Fund Award recognizes staff members from across the organization who exemplify May Institute’s ideals of service and professionalism. more

Back to School - Tips to help students with special needs enjoy the experience!
Is your child with special needs heading back to school this fall? To ensure that his or her experience is as successful and enjoyable as possible, here are some suggestions. more

Summer Safety Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
Check out safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special needs. more

National Impact in the Field of PBIS
Dr. Robert F. Putnam has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Positive Behavior Support. more

Gifts from the Heart

Fernandes Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary

In Memoriam — Catherine Coburn
May Institute honors long-time member of its Board of Trustees. more

Coming Together After Boston Marathon Bombings
Staff at the Randolph May Center school came together to send messages of support to the Boston community after the Marathon bombings last month. more

It All Starts at Home - Blended family, home-based therapy help young man with autism make his way in the world
As published in the April 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. more

Brain Disorders - Braving the Unknown
As published in the March 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. more

May Students Help Create Winter Wonderland for Newtown's Children
This May Center school helped create a Winter Wonderland for students relocating from Sandy Hook Elementary to their new school in Newtown, Conn. more

High Tech/High Touch - iPad helps boy with autism celebrate his coming of age
As published in the November 2012 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. more

A New Year's Message from Dr. Solotar, President/CEO

Responding to the Connecticut Shootings: Talking to Children About Violence

Siblings Teach Each Other About Life
Meet Kyle and Maggie more

Kids with Autism Learn How to Connect, Thanks to CVS Grant

Introducing May Institute's 2011 Annual Report
A year of progress and accomplishments at May Institute. Personal stories, facts and figures, and donor listings from 2011. more

"I Ride for Bryanna."
Bob O'Connor talks about his motivation for riding in the Rodman Ride for Kids. more

“Why I Ride...”
One rider shares his reasons for being a part of the Rodman Rid for Kids. more

How Far Would YOU Go to Support Our Programs for Kids with Special Needs?
Would you kiss a pig?? more

Fournier Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Brings Family and Friends Together
The Center is the most recent addition to the May Center school campus in Randolph, Mass. Its mission is to help young people with autism secure meaningful employment and achieve greater independence. more

Summer Safety Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
In recognition of National Safety Month, we offer the following safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special needs. more

"When Words Hurt" -- Parent Feedback Playing a Vital Role in Enriching Community Dialogue About Autism
Recent parent surveys, for civilian and military families that had children with autism, are part of a broader initiative to develop communications to help educate the public on how to be more supportive of the autism community. more

Randolph Garden Club, Town Leadership, and Staff Celebrate Arbor Day
The Randolph Garden Club and May Institute commemorated Arbor Day with its own celebration that brought together club members, neighbors, Randolph town officials, children and adults served at May Institute, and staff. more

Guide Developed by National Autism Center and Families Helps Parents Cut Through the Clutter
Parent authors/contributors Janet Amorello and Katherine Bray share their experiences and offer strategies. more

Top 10 Experts' Q&As about Autism
Some of our most popular Q&As authored by our autism experts. more

Parent to Parent: Making Sense of a Catastrophic Brain Injury
More than three years after surviving a traumatic brain injury, the parents of 20-year-old Zack share what the recovery process has looked like for their son, themselves, and their family. more

Technology and Creativity Help Student and Family Realize Milestone
With the support of his family, teachers, and Rabbi -- and some help from his iPad -- Matthew Emmi, a 12-year-old boy with autism, recently celebrated his bar mitvah. more

“Night of Stars” 2011 Prom
The 2011 Randolph May Center prom, a “Night of Stars,” was definitely a night to remember for participating students and their families. more

Calm Amidst Chaos As Tornado Touches Down In Springfield
Kevin Jones, an Assistant Program Coordinator of 20 years, remembers the seconds before the devastating tornado showed up at the doorstep of a W. Springfield residence. more

Giving Thanks to Military Families
During Military Family Appreciation Month in November — and every month — we extend our profound gratitude to military families stationed across the country and throughout the world. more

In Memory of Dr. Allen C. Crocker
Dr. Crocker served on May Institute’s Board of Directors for more than 30 years. Through the years, he became a dear friend, trusted colleague, and invaluable resource to those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. more

Shared Optimism, Work Ethic Breed Independence
What do 83-years-young Gasper and 28-year-old Matt have in common? That’s easy – a big heart, a global healthcare giant, and a deep appreciation of family. more

May Center Student-Athletes Focus on Teamwork in Special Olympics
The May Center Mayhem traveled to Worcester to represent the Institute in the Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA) State Tournament. more

Meet Will: Our Student Government Representative to the Massachusetts State House
Fifteen-year-old Will, a student at our school for children and adolescents with brain injury, recently joined more than 300 teens from across... more

North Carolina Center Hosts Family Social and Easter Egg Hunt
The day was packed with outdoor fun for parents, children, and families. more

May Clinician Dr. Donaldson of the Fernandes Center for Children and Families Completes Leadership Southcoast Program
Each year, the program selects motivated individuals from the south coast of Massachusetts to take part in a ten-month program designed to hone their leadership skills. more

More Named SIM President
Congratulations to Kevin More, M.B.A., our Vice President of Information Systems, who has been elected President of the Boston Society for Information Management (SIM). more

Marking Autism Awareness Month — A message from our CEO
We are as committed as ever to educating communities, treating individuals and families, and advancing the field of autism and developmental disabilities. more

May Institute - 2010 Annual Report
A year of progress and accomplishments at May Institute. Personal stories, facts and figures, and donor listings from 2010. more

Rodman Ride Raises More than $193,000 in 2010 for our Children’s Services
To date, the Rodman Ride For Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for social service agencies that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts, has helped May Institute raise over $600,000... more

Holiday Drawing Contest a Big Success!
Browse through all the great entries in our Holiday Drawing Contest. more

Our California School Welcomes Congressman Farr
The Congressman learned more about the diverse needs of children on the autism spectrum, and about the importance of intensive, individualized treatment. more

May Institute’s Dr. Susan Wilczynski Moderates the Breakthroughs: Autism Panel at Big Think
Joining the discussion were Dr. Gerald D. Fischbach, Dr. Christopher A. Walsh, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer. more

A Common Purpose Unites West Springfield Staff
May Institute employees in western Massachusetts came together to support our children's programs through the 2010 Rodman Ride for Kids. more

Appreciating the Little Things - Randolph Students Shine at Winter Showcase
The event featured a winter-themed art exhibit and musical extravaganza, where students from ages 3 to 22 sang, played, and danced to their favorite songs. more

Fall Festival Celebration in Jacksonville, N.C.
Families enjoyed pony and carriage rides, painting pumpkins, an obstacle course, decorating cookies, and practicing new skills, and then shared a wonderful lunch. more

Celebrating Thomas!
Adorned in his cap and gown and wearing a very big smile, Thomas is a proud high school graduate. more

May Institute Community Pedals to the Rodman Ride Finish Line!
A very successful Rodman Ride for Kids just took place this past weekend! Every dollar we raise through the Ride will directly benefit our children's programs. more

Special Olympics Offers a Different Kind of Classroom
David Ortiz and Phil Mickelson may be two of the biggest names at Fenway Park and on the PGA tour respectively, but they were not the only players shining on the field and on the links this summer. more

Randolph May Center Staff Honored
The entire staff from the May Center residential and teaching community in Randolph, Mass., recently had the opportunity to recognize their peers’ significant contributions to May Institute. more

Thank You for Making our 7th Annual “Summer Swing” Golf Tournament and Family Outing a Success!
Golfers of all levels enjoyed beautiful weather and a day of networking, friendly competition and prizes. Players competed for first and second place... more

In Memory of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, Autism Pioneer
May Institute joins the autism community in mourning the loss of one of the true pioneers in the field of autism, O. Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D. This world-renowned expert devoted his life to improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and their families. more

Family Fun for Camp Lejeune Children
Families who receive services from the Center came together and shared a meal and playtime. more

May Institute Services for Military Families Expand to Fort Hood in Texas
May Institute is proud to announce the opening of our newest Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. more

Atlanta Staff Making Strides for Autism
Employees from our Southeast regional office in Atlanta, Ga., recently put on their walking shoes to participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks more

A Tribute to Joyce Keenan, RN
Our long-time friend and co-worker Joyce Keenan passed away on June 9, 2010. She worked at the Geriatric-Day Adult Day Health Program in West Roxbury for the past 24 years. more

TBS Students Show Teachers Gratitude and Love
The Bay School recently celebrated its teachers at the school’s first annual “Teacher Appreciation Day.” more

Priscilla Blew Retires After Three Decades Touching Countless Lives
Priscilla has left an indelible mark at May Institute. She has significantly impacted the lives of many hundreds of children from across the country who have benefited from her expertise, compassion, and dedication. more

May Institute Welcomes Icelandic Teachers to Randolph Campus
May Institute was pleased to welcome a group of educators from Iceland this past month. The group, comprised mainly of preschool teachers, visited the Randolph campus to learn about our programs and services more

Safety Event Hits Home for Families and Children with Special Needs
May Institute’s Southeast Regional Autism Center recently teamed up with Safe Kids Columbus to address child safety concerns, including wandering, for children with special needs at the 2nd Annual Salute to Safety held in Columbus, Ga. more

Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition Honors May Institute
The Institute was one of 38 companies honored at MCC’s annual employer awards dinner held at the State House in Boston. more

Staff and Friends of Woburn May Center “Light It Up Blue”
When the staff at the May Center School in Woburn, Mass., heard about “Light It Up Blue,” they knew it was the perfect way to participate in World Autism Awareness Day. more

May Institute welcomes international experts Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel for Distinguished Lecture Series
On March 26, 2010, May Institute was delighted to welcome Dr. Robert Koegel and Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel, international experts in the field of autism. more

Rodman Ride Raises More Than $173,000 for Critical Children’s Services at May Institute
Among this year’s distinguished group of riders were May Institute staff, Board of Trustee members, business partners, parents, and friends. more

Massachusetts Representative Jim Dwyer Visits May Center for Child Development in Woburn
Representative Dwyer enjoyed a tour of the school, often stopping to engage individual students in conversation or offering them his signature “high-five.” more

May Institute Welcomes Governor Deval Patrick to Randolph Campus
Governor Patrick visited our corporate headquarters and the Randolph May Center for Child Development school this week. more

May Institute President/CEO weighs in on the importance of early autism diagnosis
A letter from Dr. Walter P. Christian, President and CEO of May Institute, regarding the critical need for early autism diagnosis. more

Help Us Cross the Finish Line!
We are less than $8,000 from reaching our fundraising goal of $150,000 and receiving an additional 15 percent match from the Rodman Ride for Kids. more

Peter F. Gerhardt lectures at May Institute as part of ongoing “Distinguished Lecture Series.”
Dr. Gerhardt gave an engaging and often humorous talk about the challenges of helping individuals on the autism spectrum move from youth to adulthood. more

Exceptional Parent magazine features May Institute services that target military families
For the past several years, May Institute’s Office of Communications has partnered with Exceptional Parent magazine to provide a series of informative articles more

Autism Services for Military Families Expand to North Carolina
May Institute opens a new Southeast Regional Autism Center in Jacksonville, N.C., serving military families in the Camp Lejeune area. more

Family Night At The Brockton Rox Features Live Performance of New Single “All He Has To Say”
Award-winning recording sensation, aika, lights up the stadium with her emotional performance of “All He Has To Say.” more

Going for Gold
Student-Athletes from the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, Mass., Win Medal at Special Olympics. more

May Institute Mourns the Loss of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
Edward G. Carr, Ph.D., BCBA, was an international pioneer in autism treatment research and a dear friend and esteemed colleague of May Institute. more

“What Does Autism Look Like?” May Institute and MBTA Promote Autism Awareness
The campaign, featuring large poster and car cards in MBTA stations, was displayed through the month of April, Autism Awareness Month. more

Partnerships and Affiliations
May Institute is committed to expanding its mission by building relationships and developing partnerships. more

California Center Meeting a Need
May Institute opens the new Pediatric Specialty Center in San Jose, Calif. more

A Celebration of Community
May Institute's Towne House Clubhouse Acknowledges Support of Community at Thanksgiving. more

May Institute CEO Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Boston Business Journal
Dr. Christian is honored as the 2008 “Champion of Health Care” Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. more

Dr. Dennis C. Russo Named International ABA Fellow
May Institute Chief Clinical Officer named a 2008 Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. more

May Institute Expands Global Reach; Shares Expertise With International Colleagues
Our expertise in the fields of applied behavior analysis and Positive Behavior Support has helped us forge new alliances with educators in Poland and Iceland. more

A Day to Celebrate! Donors Recognized at Ribbon-Cutting for New Residence
Life-long friends Brendan, Michael, and George have a lovely new home in Easton, Mass., thanks to a group of generous donors and a caring community. more

Prom Night in the Tropics
Students from the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation, our school for children and adolescents with brain injury, danced the night away at the schools’ biennial prom. more

The Bay School Open House Draws Over 250 Attendees
“The new setting and program will support one of the most important times in our children’s lives.” more

U.S. Senate Hosts Autism Exhibition
Senator Edward Kennedy among the viewers of the Faces and Voices of Autism photo exhibition on display during Autism Awareness Month. more

May Institute President Named ABA Fellow; Joins Elite International Group
May Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). One of only 47 ABA Fellows worldwide, more

Fernandes Center for Children & Families Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Center marks a decade of providing outpatient care to children who have special healthcare needs with a unique, first-in-the-nation program. more

Teens Hit the Slopes
Teens from our Children’s Services program in Fall River, Mass., skied the slopes at Wachusett Mountain as part of a unique therapeutic outdoor recreation initiative. more

In Memory of Todd R. Risley, Ph.D
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Risley's guidance and support have been major factors in the development of May Institute’s programs and services and its rise to national prominence in the field. more

Brain Injury School Celebrates Graduation!
Families, friends, fellow students, and May Center staff packed the gymnasium on a beautiful spring afternoon to celebrate more

Saluting South Shore Leaders
May Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation’s (DMR) South Coastal Area Citizen Advisory Board recently honored legislators and community leaders. more

May Institute Joins $1.2M UMass Study; Autism Speaks Grant Focuses on Early Intervention
Proponents hope the study will positively impact long-term outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders. more

Winterfest Warms Hearts in Woburn
Moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, and friends gathered recently at the Woburn May Center school for children with autism to celebrate Winterfest! more

Daring Dippers!
Nineteen very brave and fun-spirited teachers and staff from two of our Centers recently took an icy, early morning plunge into the waters of Nantasket Beach. more