May Institute has its roots in a family’s vision of enabling children with autism and other disabilities to lead the fullest lives possible.
May Institute was founded in 1955 when little was known about autism and children with the disorder were typically institutionalized for life. Dr. Jacques May and his wife Marie Anne wanted a better future for their twin boys with autism, and decided to open a school where children with autism could learn with their peers, gain important life skills, and remain integrated in the community.
Dr. and Mrs. May dedicated themselves to creating a community-based school where they would advance the quality of care for these children, and countless others to follow. The Mays developed the foundation for our organization today.
Dr. Jacques and Marie Anne May, parents of twin sons with autism, open first May Center for children with autism in Chatham, Mass.
Board of Trustees names Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., as new Executive Director of May Institute.
Board of Trustees approves five-year plan for comprehensive reorganization and renovation of Chatham campus to create state-ofthe-art facility.
Outreach Parent Training introduced in Chatham.
May Institute establishes Professional Advisory Board and new university/hospital affiliations.
West Chatham group home opens; community-based teaching expands.
May Institute partners with Children’s Hospital (Boston) in pioneering home-based early intervention services for children with autism and their families (precursor to Arlington program).
Integrated preschool for children with autism opens in Burlington (precursor to future May Center in Arlington).
May Institute is asked to take over financially troubled school for children with autism in Braintree, Mass.
The Institute assumes management of three homes for 17 adults with developmental disabilities on Cape Cod as an alternative to institutional care; first initiative into adult services.
Chatham May Center is named one of the nation’s “Schools of Excellence“ by U.S. Department of Education; staff receive award in White House Rose Garden.
In partnership with UMass Amherst, the Institute assumes operations of a local preschool (precursor to today’s West Springfield children’s programs).
Vocational program and two new community-based homes open in Centerville, Mass.
Revere Center opens, offering employment training to adult consumers.
May Institute pioneers services for children and adolescents with brain injury with the opening of a two-classroom program in Braintree, Mass.
The Braintree Center builds and opens a community-based home for children with autism, located in Sharon, Mass.
May Institute expands its adult services, operating a total of 16 homes and apartments by year’s end.
To support expanded operations, May Institute establishes Office of Quality Assurance.
May Institute establishes new Mental Health Services Division.
May Institute begins offering pre-doctoral internships in clinical psychology in collaboration with South Shore Mental Health.
New community homes developed by Chatham and Braintree programs expand service options for children with autism and brain injury.
Brain injury program relocates and opens residence in Randolph, Mass.
May Institute is awarded contracts to serve 36 adults at homes in Springfield and six area communities.
May Institute opens first Early Intervention program for young children in South Hadley, Mass.
McLean Hospital-May Health Collaborative is established to manage Somerville Hospital’s adolescent inpatient unit.
May Institute introduces new initiatives for its growing staff, including first staff satisfaction survey, Staff Input Committee, and first Trustees’ Awards for staff excellence.
New preschool opens in Portland, Maine, as first out-of-state May Center (created with University of Southern Maine).
The Institute becomes only New England replication site for Dr. Ivar Lovaas’ UCLA early autism program.
West Springfield office opens, offering individualized day services for adults in Easthampton, Mass.
May Institute establishes partnership to manage two Norwood-area programs, Cutler Center and HIRE Enterprises.
May Institute opens new corporate offices in South Harwich and Norwood, Mass.
May Institute receives accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
All adult services receive highest quality rating from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation.
May Institute opens its first adult residences in Connecticut.
The Institute collaborates with Sandwich Public Schools to operate a new preschool on Cape Cod.
Norfolk Mental Health Association in Norwood becomes May Mental Health. May Institute affiliates with Hyland House to provide mental health services in Southeastern Mass.
McLean Hospital and May create Partial Hospitalization Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities.
May Counseling Center opens for outpatient therapy in South Harwich, Mass.
May Institute is featured in the book, In Search of America’s Best Nonprofits (Jossey-Bass).
May Centers for Professional Development and Applied Research open in Norwood; May Institute offers a master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis with Northeastern University.
May Institute awarded contracts formerly held by Boston Community Services, establishing what is now May Institute Behavioral Health Services–Boston.
May Institute opens an office in Holden, Mass., and expands its school and home-based consultation services.
May Institute and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass., open Center for Children and Families.
May Institute wins contracts to operate five psycho-social rehabilitation clubhouses, becoming nation’s largest provider.
West Springfield Center offers new community-integrated model for early intervention services.
Hyland House merges with May Institute, adding $5 million of mental health services.
May South in Georgia is established as a subsidiary of May Institute; first division outside of New England.
May Institute’s Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
May Institute creates Career Paths Program and establishes new masters programs with Fitchburg State College and Bridgewater State College.
May Institute is selected as a specialty services provider for intensive early intervention services across
May Behavioral Health launches community outreach programs for high priority DMH clients in New Bedford, Wareham, and Boston, Mass.
The Joint Commission surveys and accredits all of the Institute’s mental health sites.
Therapeutic After-school Program (Children’s Connections) opens in New Bedford, Mass.
The Institute expands management of psychiatric services to three Department of Mental Health (DMH) facilities in Fall River, Taunton, and Pocasset, Mass.
Revere Center moves to larger site, creating a separate day habilitation program.
May Institute receives $16.4 million in tax-exempt “AA” bonds, making it one of the first human service
organizations in the United States to qualify for bond insurance.
The Institute establishes Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) program, providing advanced studies
in brain injury education and rehabilitation.
May South launches Treatment and Aftercare for Probationers and Parolees program to provide case management support to probationers and parolees with mental illness in Georgia.
May South continues to expand its home-based services in Georgia.
May Institute implements Positive Schools program in multiple urban districts across the country.
May Institute maintains over 40 affiliations with universities, hospitals, and healthcare organizations.
The Institute approaches the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to seek national accreditation from an agency that focuses on community-based organizations.
The May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation relocates to state-of-the-art facility in Brockton, Mass.
May South opens community-based residential programs for children with developmental disabilities and behavioral needs in Jacksonville, Florida.
May Institute creates Graduate Scholars program.
May Institute opens new school in West Springfield, Mass., for children with special needs.
The Institute is selected as the Northeast regional partner to the National Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a center funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
May South expands its Florida residential services to include adults with mental retardation.
May Institute sponsors initial development of the National Autism Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting effective, evidence-based treatment approaches for autism.
May Institute staff reach dissemination milestones of 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books, and 1500 invited presentations.
May Institute is honored with the 2005 Outstanding Training Program Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
May Institute acquires 82,000-square-foot facility in Randolph, Mass., to house corporate headquarters, National Autism Center, and new May Center for Child Development (former Arlington and Braintree schools).
The Institute opens a new school in Woburn, Mass., for children with special needs.
The National Autism Center establishes an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Clinic in Randolph, Mass., to provide diagnostic screening and assessment services for children suspected of having an ASD or other developmental delay or disability.
May Institute welcomes The Bay School for children with autism in Santa Cruz, Calif., to its national network of schools and services.
In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Education, May Institute offers a Special Education Summer Institute on Response to Intervention (RTI) to introduce school systems to effective alternatives to traditional special education placement.
May Institute is selected to receive the prestigious 2007 award for Programmatic Contributions to Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA).
May Institute joins $1.2 million multi-state study led by the University of Massachusetts Boston to test the benefits of an early intervention program for young children at risk for or with evidence of autism spectrum disorders.
Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, ABBP, ABPP, is named a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The distinction places him in an elite group of only 47 ABA Fellows worldwide.
May Institute’s autism services are featured on National Public Radio (NPR).
The Southeast Regional Autism Center opens its doors in Columbus, Ga., to serve military and civilian families throughout the Southeast.
The Fernandes Center for Children & Families (FCCF), a joint partnership between May Institute and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass., celebrates a decade of providing outpatient care to children with special healthcare needs.
May Institute is selected as a beneficiary participant of the 2007 Rodman Ride for Kids, one of the country’s largest single-day bike events benefiting at-risk children and families. Through the Ride, May Institute raise $115,000 for children’s programs in Massachusetts.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc., selects May Institute as beneficiary of $1+ million fundraising effort to create a Pediatric Specialty Center in San Jose, Calif., to diagnose and treat autism and other developmental disabilities.
The Bay School in California doubles its campus to include a 6,600-square-foot building for the middle and high school transition programs and life skills/vocational training center.
The “Faces and Voices of Autism” photo exhibition, presented by May Institute and the National Autism Center, graces the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. to mark Autism Awareness Month.
Clinical leadership staff publish new book, Effective Practices for Children with Autism, which provides “an essential framework for evaluating educational and treatment procedures, selecting those that are most effective, and evaluating outcomes.”
Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP, is honored with the Boston Business Journal “2008 Champions in Health Care” Award for Lifetime Achievement.
May’s Chief Clinical Officer Dennis C. Russo, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP, is named a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The distinction places him in an elite group of only 56 ABA Fellows worldwide.
During Autism Awareness Month, and in conjunction with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, May Institute unveils the “What Does Autism Look Like?” public awareness campaign.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visits the Institute’s campus in Randolph, Mass., and tours the May Center for Child Development school.
The Institute opens a May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Jacksonville, N.C., dedicated to serving civilian and military families, including families stationed at Camp Lejeune.
The Institute spearheads the international dissemination of the National Standards Project’s results — the most comprehensive analysis of treatments for children and adolescents with ASD ever published.
An expansion of the campus in Randolph, Mass., includes the acquisition and renovation of two buildings: one to expand the May Center school and another to house a new Day Habilitation program for adults.
The National Autism Center publishes and begins dissemination of “Evidence-based Practice and Autism in the Schools,” a guide to providing appropriate interventions to students with ASD.
Thanks to the combined efforts of many supporters, May Institute raises more than $173,000 through the Rodman Ride for Kids to support its children’s programs.
The Institute and its National Autism Center are named eligible beneficiaries of the 2010 CFC’s annual, multi-million dollar fundraising effort.
MassDevelopment issues a $16 million tax-exempt bond to May Institute to be used to purchase 14 Pacella Park Drive in Randolph, Mass.
Partnering with LoJack Corporation, the Institute unveils its second annual “What Does Autism Look Like?” awareness campaign on Greater Boston’s public transportation system.
Expand to Texas and Tennessee May Institute opens its newest Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tx., and Fort Campbell in Clarksville, Tenn., to serve military and civilian families.
The Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic in Randolph, Mass., moves into a large, newly renovated space and expands its offerings to include therapeutic and support services.
Ralph B. Sperry, Ph.D., and Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., are promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Chief Clinical Officer, respectively.
The Institute and its National Autism Center win prestigious awards for the launch of NAC’s National Standards Report, the NAC educator manual, and the autism public awareness campaign.
Through the 2010 Rodman Ride for Kids, May Institute raises more than $193,000 to help meet the needs of children with ASD and other special needs.
May Institute and the National Autism Center receive pledges of more than $53,000 and $238,000, respectively, as beneficiaries of the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign.
Home-based, school consultation, and adult services in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, and Georgia receive three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
“What Does Autism Look Like?,” a powerful public awareness campaign that puts a human face on autism, returns to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system.
May Institute is awarded a $20,000 grant from the New York Center for Autism. The grant represents a portion of the proceeds from Comedy Central’s 2010 Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education.
The National Autism Center releases its newest manual, “A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism.”
Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, is appointed Chief Executive Officer of May Institute. President Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP, announces retirement in 2013 after 35 years of service.
Deidre L. Donaldson, Ph.D., is promoted to Chief Clinical Officer of May Institute.
The May Center for Child Development school in Randolph, Mass., expands its campus with the opening
of the Todd Fournier Center for Employment Training and Community Inclusion.
May Institute’s Board of Trustees announces that its Chief Executive Officer, Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, has been named President of the organization as well. She succeeds Dr. Walter P. Christian, who has retired after 35 years.
May Institute announces the promotion of Debra Blair, M.B.A., CMA, CPA, to Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
May Institute announces the appointment of Kevin M. More, M.B.A., to the position of Chief Information Officer.
May Institute opens new May Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Alexandria, Va., and in Mt. Laurel, NJ (for families and their children with autism stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and in the surrounding area).
The Communications and Public Relations team at May Institute is honored with six prestigious awards for excellence in communications, public relations, and marketing from two prominent New England organizations.
May Institute is selected as one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s new $100K for 100 program.
In preparation for May Institute’s 60th anniversary in 2015, the organization’s leadership team completes an in-depth planning process that culminates in the unveiling of a comprehensive three-year strategic plan, and new mission and vision statements.
A new May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder opens in Colorado Springs, Colo., to serve military and civilian families and their children at nearby military installations and in surrounding communities.
May Institute opens the May Center for Evaluation and Treatment to serve children, adolescents, adults, and families with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities, as well as those who have behavior disorders and mental health diagnoses.