They say it takes a village to raise a child. According to Marie Anne May, when that child has autism, it also takes vision and devotion, resources and expertise, courage, and so much love.
In this annual report, we highlight "mothers' voices," although we fully recognize there are many essential and irreplaceable people in each child's life, from infancy through old age. They help shape that child's experience and set him or her on a path to as full and happy a future, and a journey, as possible. Please join us as we honor the mothers among us.
Marie Anne May was a powerhouse. She and her husband, Dr. Jacques May, were the founders of May Institute. Their lives changed definitively and dramatically when they received the diagnosis of autism for their boys. They worked together to create a path forward when a clear path didn’t exist. Hers was the first “Mother’s Voice” at May Institute over these past seven decades.
individuals and families received intensive, community-based services in 2021
students benefited from national public school services in 2021
people have accessed information about evidence-based treatment from the National Autism Center over the last decade
It has been a year like no other.
Amidst the challenges, we have much to be grateful for. The determination and resilience of our staff as our programs and services were dramatically impacted by the pandemic. The science that led to the COVID-19 vaccine. The strengthened partnerships with the families of the individuals in our care. And the hope we all feel as life slowly begins looking more familiar.
Thanks to you and our community of donors, May Institute was able to provide direct community-based care in seven states for nearly 2,200 adults and children in 2021. In addition to supporting the day-to-day needs of our programs and services, donor support helped us to provide continuity of clinical care in a significantly adapted environment. It also allowed us to enhance our technology by purchasing additional laptops, desktops, and tablets across our programs and centers.
Your investment in May Institute has never mattered more. Thank you for your support and belief in our work, and for the hope you share with us for a future of endless possibilities.
Dr. Lauren C. Solotar
President and CEO
Chairperson, Board of Directors
Watch this beautiful short video celebrating moms, grandmothers, aunts, guardians, and the women who are raising these special children. it is a celebration of love and understanding.