Critical Autism Services Available for Military and Civilian Families in the D.C. Area


Randolph, Mass. – May Institute, a national nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive, research-based services to children and adults with autism and other special needs, has opened a new May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Alexandria, Va.

The Center will serve military and civilian families and their children with autism who are stationed at Fort Belvoir and Joint Base Andrews, or live in the Washington, D.C., area.

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the development of the brain, causing difficulty with communication, learning, and social interaction. The most recent studies (CDC, 2012) report that the incidence rate for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is one in every 88 children. More than 23,000 military dependents have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, and their condition is made more difficult by the unique circumstances that accompany military life such as frequent relocations and deployments.

“Our research indicates that there is a tremendous need for autism services in the Washington, D.C., area,” said Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. “Our mission drives us to provide services at the point of need, so we are very pleased to be able to reach out to families in this part of the country.”

May Institute behavior therapists use applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques such as positive reinforcement, teaching in small steps, prompting, and repeated practice. ABA services for military families are reimbursed by TRICARE, and May Institute is an approved TRICARE network provider.

“My staff and I provide ABA services and consultation in home, community, school, and social environments,” says Molly Ann McGinnis, M.Ed., BCBA, the Center’s clinical supervisor. “We also offer support and training for parents. And, thanks to a generous grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, we can help military families coordinate care among all of their children’s treatment providers.”

May Institute provides services to all branches of the military – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In addition to Fort Belvoir and Joint Base Andrews, May Institute also offers services to families stationed at the following military bases: Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut; Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport in Florida; Fort Benning, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia; Fort Campbell in Kentucky/Tennessee; Hanscom Air Force Base and Massachusetts Military Reservation in Massachusetts; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey; Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island; and Fort Eustis, Fort Lee, Hampton Roads, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

For more information about the new May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Alexandria, Va., please contact Katherine Bray at 800.778.7601, ext. 455 or

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May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and other behavioral health needs. Since its founding nearly 60 years ago, May Institute has evolved into an award-winning national network that serves thousands of individuals and their families annually.
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