Success Stories
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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 here.
 

A Partnership that Became a Family
Kevin's life spans the chasm between the dark days of institutionalization and a much more enlightened future. more

Hope and Possibility... Sabrina and Marcus
“The support of the May team is unwavering, enthusiastic, and compassionate.” more

Meet Brian
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. more

Elijah's Story
Typically developing children learn different things at school and at home. There are synergies between the two environments and a natural generalization of skills. Elijah’s family has seen the importance of the connection between school and home. more

“The Miracle of May”
Since being diagnosed with autism at a young age, Anna has called many places home. But it wasn’t until 2016 when the family found May Institute more

Gabe's Story
"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." more

Meet Yolanda
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

Meet Jennel
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 her to make a better life. more

"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

Meet Mikey
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

The Bay School was the miracle for my son and our family
It is very difficult to portray the feelings into words but for a mother there is no greater gift than seeing her child smile and be successful. 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

iPad Helps Boy with Autism Celebrate his Coming of Age
Like most parents of children with special needs, Suzanne and Michael Emmi have always wanted their son Matthew to have as many typical “growing up” experiences as possible. more

The Long Journey Back
Kevin, an individual served through our Adult Services program in Connecticut, celebrates his fourth anniversary and life transformation. more

Satisfaction in a Job Well Done
Josh’s honest nature and remarkable work ethic are inspiring, and remind all of us that there is much satisfaction in a job well done. more

"Our New Family"
“I brought Austin to doctors to find answers. Doctors didn’t even have the chance to know Austin long enough to help explain his behavior. But we never gave up.” more

Declan’s Journey
The story of a boy, who despite facing many hardships, always sees the good in people and strives to help others. more

Appreciating the Little Things
"I have learned that while autism brings many challenges, it does not limit Josephat’s ability to be happy." more

Nancy’s Story
“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

Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic Helps Mother through Son’s Journey—“He’s Back”
“[May Institute clinicians] are so professional, structured, and organized. And the ABA therapy they provide is so scientific, so data-driven. The minute our first therapist walked in the door, I knew this was going to work.” more

Autism: A Father’s Perspective - “Hopeful Devastation” to Profound Joy
Jacob was two-and-a-half when my wife and I learned that he had autism. This is our story, and one that for the past 11 years has been inextricably connected to May Institute. more

Seeing Potential and Measuring Success, One Child at a Time
Four-year-old Adam was wise enough to see beyond his classmate’s limitations. To him, Abby was full of potential. more

Redefining Lives Touched by Brain Injury
“In the end, the residential program at the May Center has been a tremendous gift to William.” 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

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." more

A Life-changing Experience for One Child with Brain Injury
A thank you from parents whose son attended May Institute's school for students with brain injury. more

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

A Grateful Clubhouse Member
"People like me rely on and are so grateful for services that help us hold our heads up high again." more

Aiden’s Story
"We’re amazed at how positive and hopeful we feel about Aiden’s future, as this is a striking contrast from how we felt a year ago." more

Early Intervention Makes the Difference
"In my mind, you are responsible for bringing Jeremy from his secluded world of autism into our world." more