At May Institute, we measure success one child or adult at a time. Over the course of more than six decades, we have had the privilege of serving countless families and witnessing tremendous growth and progress across the lifespan.
We share some of these stories and successes.
And then I met Nick. - Erica's Story
Autism is not just one disability, but a full spectrum of disorders. It is big. It can be overwhelming. And so, the first time we meet someone with autism, it suddenly becomes personal. We don’t meet the disease — we meet the person. more
Many families are fortunate to have permanent homes and securing services and everything necessary to raise children. But what happens when you are homeless and raising children with autism? more
Change is always challenging, but for some change can be nearly out of reach. For Jennel, change meant finding a group of highly skilled and dedicated staff to support and challenge Jennel to make a better life. more
When Mikey, who was born in 2005 with Fragile X syndrome, entered public preschool, everyone quickly realized it was not the right fit. He was non-verbal, aggressive, and engaging in high rates of self-injury. more
Daughter's Success Is "Beyond Anything I Could Have Imagined"
When Ashley’s parents were told that she had autism at age two, doctors said there would be things she would not be able to do — including interacting with others in lively social settings. But those doctors didn’t know that, at age seven, Ashley would become part of May Institute’s extended family... more
“When I get Nancy up in the morning, she always throws her arms around me and gives me a big hug,” says Sue Santapaola, a program specialist who has been working with Nancy for almost two years. more
Those Three Little Words...
“That was the way in. After he mastered eye contact, he could work on imitation, language, academic skills, and self-help skills.” more
"When people ask me what Gabe’s program has meant for our family, I have very difficult time answering. This is not because it hasn’t been significant, but because it has changed everything."
It's All in the Approach
"They treated me with dignity and respect. They helped me succeed in school. I got my diploma.... And I learned a lot about brain injury."
Through a Mother's Eyes
"I think now there are no boundaries for her. Even if she still dependent in her adulthood, she will find lots of things that satisfy her and make her life complete. I thank the May Center for that." more