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:
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 www.mayinstitute.org.