May Institute Adult Services Earn National Accreditation


Randolph, Mass. — May Institute’s adult services – including community housing and integration, supported living, and employment services in Connecticut, Florida, and Massachusetts – have received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide variety of programs and services to individuals of all ages with special needs, including those with autism and other developmental disorders, brain injury, behavioral disorders, and mental retardation.

The Institute’s adult services include day programs that help adults with special needs achieve community inclusion, and community living services that range from behavioral therapies to assistance with daily routines, to 24-hour-a-day supervision. The organization’s vocational programs include employment training and supported employment.

CARF accreditation represents the highest level of compliance and is granted to organizations that exhibit substantial fulfillment of standards established by the Commission. Accreditation of May Institute’s adult services is a result of a rigorous peer review process and a demonstration of the highest quality, measurability, and accountability.

The CARF accreditation report had high praise for the May Institute’s adult services staff, noting, “A person-centered philosophy is reflected throughout the programs and services. It is evident that families and persons served hold the staff in high regard. Staff members are clearly committed to positive outcomes and demonstrate a compassion and commitment to high-quality services. Staff members bring stability, history and continuity to service delivery.”

“For more than 50 years, May Institute has been at the forefront of providing innovative services to individuals with special needs,” said Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, May Institute’s President and CEO. “CARF accreditation is a validation of the outstanding dedication of May employees who work tirelessly to provide exceptionally caring and compassionate support to each and every individual in their care.”

Over the past five decades, May Institute has evolved from an organization with one school for children with autism into an award-winning national network that serves over 25,000 individuals and their families annually at more than 200 service locations across the country. May Institute has four schools that serve children with autism and other developmental disabilities and one for children and adolescents with brain injury. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. For more information about May Institute’s programs and schools, call 800-778-7601 or visit

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