Autism Schools

The journey through childhood and adolescence is a unique experience, filled with joy, challenges, accomplishments, and countless opportunities for learning. For children and families with autism and other special needs, the journey includes unexpected turns and unfamiliar territory. For nearly 70 years, May Institute has been guided by its mission of providing compassionate care and helping families navigate the challenges — and celebrate the successes — of their children’s journeys through the complex world of autism and related disabilities.

May Institute is one of the largest providers of private schools
specifically serving children with autism.

Our five May Center Schools for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Massachusetts and California offer full-day, year-round educational services to children and adolescents. Our schools focus on building communication, social, behavioral, vocational, and academic skills. We base our programs on applied behavior analysis, or ABA, which has been shown through hundreds of scientific studies to be the most effective method to teach children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities.

We also operate a sixth school that serves student with brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders.

Working together with families to prepare for the transition to adulthood, and utilizing the considerable resources available to us, our caring professionals help each child to reach his or her highest potential.



Another option for some students is our May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders. This nationally recognized program successfully educates students with complex needs and co-occurring diagnoses including genetic disorders, seizure disorders, mood disorders, intellectual disorders, ASD, and neurodevelopmental or chromosomal disorders. These young people often require a combination of physical, medical, cognitive and social/behavioral therapies in an environment that supports skill development and rehabilitation.


"I think now there are no boundaries for Michelle. Even if she is 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.

It's what a parent wishes for every child — that they grow up to feel that they make a contribution and feel happy in the world. Michelle is on her way."


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