California Center Meeting a Need


Thanks to funding provided by Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and support from a coalition of community partners, May Institute was proud to open the doors to its new Pediatric Specialty Center in San Jose, Calif., earlier this year. A ribbon-cutting and Open House event drew over 100 community leaders, supporters, and friends, and garnered significant media attention.

The Center serves children and families throughout Santa Clara County. It provides outpatient evaluation, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment services to children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental and learning disabilities, social-emotional and behavioral issues, and complex medical conditions.

Among the special guests that day was John York, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, who presided over the official ribbon-cutting, and Craig Johnson, Corporate Vice President of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Cadence donated more than $1 million to help build the center, raising the funds through its Stars & Strikes™ fundraiser in 2008.

“The need for a pediatric center like this in Santa Clara County is great, and the positive impact it can have on the lives of children with these types of developmental disabilities is even greater,” said Johnson. “Cadence is delighted to have been able to rally the corporate community to support this important project.”

“We would like to thank Cadence, its employees, and its nearly 200 business partners for helping us transform this Center from a dream into a reality with more than a million dollars of funding,” said Heidi Howard, M.P.A., Chief of Business Development for May Institute. “We are also grateful to the Silicon Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation and Good Samaritan Hospital, our community partners, for their strong support.”

The Silicon Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation has committed its efforts to raising funds for the Center’s clinical operations, and Good Samaritan Hospital has made a major capital gift through its donation of space.