May Institute Receives National Award from the Freedoms Foundation


Randolph, Mass. — May Institute, a national network of programs and services for individuals with special needs, recently received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge during a special ceremony in Boston.

The Freedoms Foundation National Awards Program was initiated in 1949 to “recognize actions that promote responsible citizenship, support the social, political, and economic rights and responsibilities outlined in the United States Constitution, and embodied in our national heritage.”

“The Institute’s work with children and adults with autism, brain injury and mental retardation exemplifies the essence of the National Awards by promoting an understanding and appreciation for our country’s rich heritage and unique freedoms,” wrote Aaron Siegel, President and CEO of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, in notifying May Institute of the honor.

Past recipients of the award have included the American Red Cross, Girls and Boys Clubs of America, and the United Service Organizations (USO).

“As a recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal, May Institute is proud to join this elite group of organizations who are committed to making this country a better place for all citizens,” said Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, May Institute’s President and CEO.

May Institute was nominated for the award by the Bay State Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation. Dennis C. Russo, Ph.D., ABBP, Chief Clinical Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the Institute.

May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral healthcare, educational, and rehabilitative services to more than 25,000 individuals and their families in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and on the West Coast. May Institute’s professionally trained staff employ research-validated techniques and offer developmentally appropriate curricula, based on each child’s strengths and needs. This individualized approach makes progress possible for all students, even those with the most difficult learning and behavior challenges.

For more information on May Institute’s schools and programs, call 800-778-7601 or visit

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