May Institute Celebrates 65 Years of Improving Life Outcomes for Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs


Randolph, Mass. – Dr. Jacques and Mrs. Marie Anne May were far ahead of their time when they founded May Institute in 1955 to provide supportive and progressive treatment for their twin sons with autism. Back then, community-based programs and services were virtually nonexistent, and individuals with special needs were typically institutionalized for life.

Since its founding, May Institute has evolved from one small Massachusetts school for children with autism to an award-winning national nonprofit network committed to improving life outcomes for individuals across the lifespan. Today, May Institute is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), the application of the principles of learning to achieve meaningful outcomes; its senior leadership team includes one of the country’s largest concentrations of on-site clinical experts in autism and ABA. 

May Institute operates more than 140 service locations, and its programs include five special education schools, early intervention and center-based programs, home-based and school consultation services for children and adolescents, as well as day programs, vocational training, and community-based living for adults of all ages with developmental disabilities. The organization continues to expand its global footprint. 

“Embedded in our mission statement is our commitment to promoting independence, choice, dignity, and respect for every individual we serve,” says Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, May Institute’s President and CEO. “We do that by helping people achieve their goals, build relationships with others, find meaningful work, integrate into and contribute to society, and live meaningful, productive, and happy lives.” 

The organization will celebrate its milestone anniversary and its vision for the future throughout 2020. A few of the high points of the year will include:

  • Our Hope and Possibility 65th Anniversary Celebration at the Boston Harbor Hotel on April 30, 2020 – Honoring our Past, Envisioning our Future
  • May Institute Clinical Conference for behavior analysts and autism service providers
  • May Institute 65th Anniversary Reunion and Celebration at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Convention in Washington D.C. in May
  • The 20th anniversary of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative at May Institute, and the 16th annual PBIS forum for educators across New England
  • The 15th anniversary of the founding of the National Autism Center at May Institute
  • The 15th anniversary of the May Center Schools for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph and Wilmington (formerly Woburn), Mass.
  • A virtual birthday celebration weekend in April

More of May Institute’s noteworthy achievements, awards, and honors may be found here.

May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

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