When a child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, a parent is never sure where the path will lead. For Joyce and Mark, in 1987, it took them to May Institute when their son Brian was just 10 years old.

At a young age, Brian was diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality and cerebral palsy, and required one-to-one assistance. When the local school system in Western Massachusetts could no longer meet Brian’s needs, a psychologist suggested the May Center School on Cape Cod. Joyce and Mark took the four-hour ride to Chatham to see the school and to have their son assessed. He was immediately accepted as a residential student.

Brian remained at May’s Chatham school until he turned 22 and transitioned to May Institute’s adult day habilitation program and group residence closer to his parents in Western Massachusetts. After all of those years of traveling across the state to visit Brian every week, it was a nice change to have him close to home. Now 42 years old, Brian, who is very sociable, enjoys spending time with his parents doing some of his favorite things - being outdoors, going out to eat, and riding in the car on day trips.

Joyce and Mark are grateful for everyone involved in their son’s care. “The staff is always professional and on top of everything at the house. We appreciate the direct care team, and all of the thought and effort that goes into every day.” These employees are May’s Champions of Care.

Give today and celebrate our Champions of Care— the residential and clinical teams that combine their knowledge and experience with respect, kindness, and compassion.
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