May Institute

Alden Trust Grant Helps Bridge Technology Gap for Students with Brain Injury

05/6/14

Randolph, Mass. – May Institute has received a $10,000 grant from the John W. Alden Trust to help bridge the technology gap at its school in Brockton, Mass., for children and adolescents with brain injury. The Alden Trust was established to provide support for organizations in Eastern Massachusetts that serve children with special needs.
 
The May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders is one of only a handful of pediatric programs in the United States focusing on education and rehabil­itation of children and adolescents with brain injury or neurological disease. It provides full-day, year-round educational services for children, ages 5 and up, who have a range of disabilities from traumatic brain injuries as a result of medical issues.
 
Grant funding from the John W. Alden Trust, which launched a Challenge Grant Campaign that raised an additional $50,000, is helping the school to develop a high-impact technology project for children with brain injury. Funds will be used to support new staff resources, employee training, hardware, and specialized software. Benefits for the students include:

  • Enhanced education and rehabilitation through new skill development;

  • Better preparation to help them function in the community where technology is embedded everywhere;

  • Technology training that helps them transition to vocational settings; and

  • Increased confidence, self-esteem, and independence.
     

 [Visit the Technology page of our May Center School in Brockton, Mass.]


Leadership giving for the Technology Challenge Grant Campaign came from May Institute’s Board of Trustees, Telamon Insurance & Financial Network, and parents. Key contributions to meet the challenge grant goal were also received from school employees, families of students, and corporate donors.
 
“This project has the ability to transform how students learn, prosper, and grow at our Brockton school,” said Pamela Raymond, M.A., BCBA, Executive Vice President of Educational Services at May Institute. “Expanding how we rehabilitate and educate children with brain injury through bridging the technology gap is a significant innovation. It will impact the students we now serve, and many more in the years to come. We are so grateful to the Alden Trust for their commitment to helping our students.”
 
William Tyler, trustee with the John W. Alden Trust, noted, “We are pleased to provide grant support to enhance learning opportunities for children with brain injury through increasing their access to technology. We hope that our investment in their education will help them regain needed skills and the independence required to return to public schools, jobs, family life, and other community settings.”
 
Support from the John W. Alden Trust comes at a time when there is a renewed federal investment in brain research to find new ways to treat, cure, and potentially prevent brain disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.
 
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with nearly 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, 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. For more information, visit www.mayinstitute.org.