May Institute Receives Grant from Doug Flutie Foundation to Develop New Technology Initiative in Adult Services
— May Institute has received a $9,000 grant from the Doug Flutie Foundation’s Allison Keller iPad Program for 20 iPads and software to help adults with autism.
Realizing the gains that many people with autism have achieved using the iPad, the Foundation’s program was created to help fill the financial and technological gap for schools and organizations that assist individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
“May Institute clearly shares our vision of making more resources available to the adult autism community,” says Christopher Chirco, Program Director at The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. “It is a great pleasure to support such an innovative program.”
Augmentative communication, such as the use of an iPad, is a rapidly growing alternative way of helping students and adults with language disorders communicate with others.
“We know first-hand the level of progress that the iPad has facilitated in the classroom with some of the children we serve who have an ASD,” explains Christine MaGee, M.S., BCBA, Director of Clinical Services for May Institute’s Adult Services Division. “With the additional software and hardware, our staff now has the opportunity to research and measure the specific impacts these devices can have on adult communication and skill development when it is made part of their overall treatment plan.”
“Generally speaking, resources for adults with ASD have lagged far behind those accessible to children with autism. Through the tremendous generosity of the Flutie Foundation and many others, May Institute has a real opportunity to ensure that the adults in our care receive the full spectrum of supports needed to develop to their full potential,” adds Susan Closter-Godoy, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
May Institute provides a wide range of services to 270 adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities at five day habilitation programs located in Easthampton, Mashpee, Randolph, Raynham, and Revere. The Flutie Foundation grant enables the Institute to take technology used in these settings to the next level.
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with nearly 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems.
May Centers for Adult Services
May Institute provides a wide range of community-based services for adults of all ages with autism and other developmental disabilities. These services include over 100 residential group homes and supported living apartments, as well as day programming, vocational training, and supported employment. Dedicated, experienced staff is committed to providing respectful, effective, and supportive services within community settings.
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