65  Years Strong!

2020 was the year we would celebrate May's 65th anniversary. Instead, we have been living through times none of us could ever have anticipated.

Through all this, we have realized it's more important than ever to remember the legacy of Jacques and Marie-Anne May, their sons with autism, and their commitment to individuals with special needs. To celebrate the impact that May has had in the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and families. To thank our community of donors across the country for holding us close and holding us up. And to honor the work of the tens of thousands of staff who have spent years of their lives in service to others, and the more than 1,100 staff who are on the front lines at May today.

It takes a total and complete involvement with the child when you are with the child, it takes a special sensitivity to the needs of others, it takes an extraordinary imagination, and it takes much love.

- Marie-Anne May, Founder

Lives Impacted


May Centers for ABA Services


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May During COVID-19

This year has been unprecedented in countless ways for all of us.

At May, it has included managing the intricacies of providing services during COVID-19, implementing extensive safety procedures, taking care of individuals in our residential programs, providing remote and hybrid learning to our students, and finding alternative ways to support and teach individuals in our day services. All while hoping and preparing for an eventual end to this pandemic.

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Those of us whose jobs revolve around providing services to individuals with disabilities fully recognize that the needs of this community are constant, despite the world changing around us. 

- May Institute

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- Maya Angelou

Heroes Work  Here

Since May opened its doors in 1955, its heart has been its people. The children, adults, and families served, and the tens of thousands of employees who have done outstanding work over these seven decades.

The unexpectedness of the pandemic and the response of our employees have brought into sharp focus the exceptionalism of the work taking place every day. It has been moving, humbling, and powerful to witness how May employees have stepped up during these unprecedented times. They have wrapped their arms around the individuals we serve and done everything possible to keep them safe, well cared for, and happy.


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Diversity & Inclusion @ May

In 2013, May Institute championed the formation of the Diversity and Inclusion Council. This cross-functional group of employees promotes the Council’s mission to foster and support an environment of inclusion, respect, fairness, and transparency where differences are celebrated and all opinions are valued.  

As the following articles show, we strive to achieve that mission through our work, so the individuals we serve learn and grow and develop a “better understanding of the interaction between the people in the community and themselves and their peers.” We recognize that the science of behavior analysis can also support that mission, because it is the science that is “perhaps the best suited to design and test intervention programs that actually produce socially significant behavior change that disrupts, lessens, and ultimately prevents inequity.”

Given the challenges of our world today, the Council’s work has never been more critical.

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In Memory of Francois Tovar

ABA and D&I

We have lost one of our own during this devastating pandemic. It is with great sadness and tremendous affection that we honor the memory of Francois Tovar, a May employee who excelled as a Program Specialist in our May Center for Adult Services in Eastern Massachusetts. 

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Thank You
to Our Heroes!

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Dear friends,

Despite our best-laid plans for our anniversary year, everything changed when COVID-19 hit in March. All of a sudden we had to pivot and adapt to the new normal around us, which was anything but normal.

Our doors never closed. Throughout all these months of the pandemic, we continued — and continue — to serve the children and adults in our care. Some of these services don't look the same as they did before and, like the rest of the world, we are still in flux. However, we will persevere until this is over. And that is, in large part, because of all the heroes around us.

May employees have been nothing short of exceptional in responding to the outbreak and its impact. And our community of giving has stepped up in ways we could not have imagined.

Thank you for your support during these difficult times. Despite the incredible hardship we have endured this year, we know we are all Braver, Stronger, and Kinder.


Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP
President and CEO

Mary Lou Maloney
Chairperson, Board of Directors