Living Reference Work Entry

Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Date: Latest Version

May Institute, 2nd Edition

  • Cynthia M AndersonAffiliated withMay Institute Email author 
  • , Margaret WalshAffiliated withMay Institute
  • , Stephanie N ChildAffiliated withMay Institute


May Institute is a nonprofit organization. The mission of May Institute is to be the global leader in providing innovative applied behavior analytic services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and neurobehavioral disorders across the life span. May Institute is staffed by over 2000 employees including board certified behavior analysts, special educators, and direct care professionals. Many of our staff have advanced degrees in their field of study.

Historical Background

In 1955, Dr. Jacques May and his wife, Marie Anne May, opened a small school for children with autism in Chatham, Massachusetts. They had twin boys diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and dedicated the school to helping their boys, and others with ASD, develop skills needed to live as independently as possible.

Today, May Institute serves individuals with ASD, brain injury, and other disabilities across the life span. We have more than 140 locations across the country including five schools, c ...

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