May Institute Reflects on Achievements of 2016, Focuses on the Future


Randolph, Mass. — For May Institute, a national provider of services for individuals across the lifespan with autism and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, and behavioral health needs, 2016 was a year of growth, innovation, and outreach. Energized by its success and momentum, the award-winning nonprofit has ambitious plans to expand its services and international impact in the coming year.

“In fiscal year 2016, we served nearly 6,000 individuals and families in this country while growing our workforce and expanding our service lines,” said May Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP. “In addition, we provided training and consultation about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and applied behavior analysis in a number of countries throughout the world.”

It was also a year in which the organization was ranked #26 on The Commonwealth Institute’s list of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts, and Dr. Solotar was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Boston Business Journal.

“Our new five-year strategic plan includes exciting goals and initiatives such as expanding our global outreach,” said Dr. Solotar. “In 2016, May Institute and its National Autism Center were selected to participate in the U.S. State Department’s Speaker Program, and were subsequently invited to provide training and consultation in Oman.”

Recent international inquiries and partnerships have included Abu Dhabi, Qatar, China, Singapore, and South Korea. In the past three months, two teams of May Institute behavior analysts and administrators have traveled to Oman to train health professionals (psychiatrists and physicians), educators, and parents in the diagnosis and implementation of evidence-based interventions for autism spectrum disorder.

In Massachusetts, May Institute opened the May Center for Early Childhood Services, a one–to–one day program for young children ages 2.6 – 5 with ASD, based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. The organization also launched its Shared Living Program, a housing option that matches adults with special needs with host families. In collaboration with Work, Inc., May Institute opened the Center for Integrated Adult Autism Services to provide clinical, employment, and housing services to adults with autism. Out-of-state expansion included a new May Center for Applied Behavior Analysis Services in California that provides ABA services to children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD and other special needs.

May Institute’s innovative Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) systems-wide change initiative benefited more than 68,000 students in schools. PBIS enhances the capacity of schools, districts, and states to adopt and sustain effective behavior and academic support practices. The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services has adopted PBIS as its framework for the delivery of clinical services to adults. May Institute has provided a leadership role in this state-wide initiative.

Another highlight in 2016 was the growing impact of May Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, an organization-wide effort to support a culture of respect and fairness. Last year, more than 1,500 May Institute employees participated in Diversity and Inclusion training initiatives.

Other achievements included:
  • Provided services to nearly 6,000 individuals and families at 140 programs and sites in 11 states
  • Employed more than 120 behavior analysts and doctoral-level staff among its 2,000+ employees
  • Raised $753,435 through gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community partners
  • Secured $195,614 of in-kind donations including a contribution of 210 new iPads/tablets
  • Maintained affiliations with 50 universities, hospitals, and human service agencies worldwide
  • Published 1,120 articles, expert columns, and press releases in media outlets across the country
  • Reached 759,000+ listeners on WBUR 90.9FM, Boston’s NPR station
  • Garnered more than 1.8M views of May Institute content across social media channels
  • Increased annual revenue from $110.7M in FY15 to $115.1M

About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and behavioral health needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 140 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit
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