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Autism Treatment, Research, and Tools for Independence (May Institute)


One in 54 children is on the autism spectrum. May Institute is a national nonprofit leader that provides exceptional, research-based autism services across the lifespan. Everyone deserves a bright and hopeful future - please help us change lives.

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Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism, programs and services that focus on each stage of life can make a tremendous difference in the lives of people with special needs. This has been made even more true with the current pandemic. At May Institute we continue to innovate ways to provide support to the children and adults in our community.

Verna and Henry have been part of the May Institute family for 50 years combined. They are each other’s best friends and share a home with two other housemates in one of our community-based residences on Cape Cod.

Today, their days continue to be intertwined. On most mornings, you will find the two drinking coffee together and making plans for the day. Henry, at age 93, is one of the oldest adults in our care. Primarily non-verbal, he has a friendly greeting for everyone he meets and always has a smile on his face.

Henry loves holidays and, in particular, Christmas and Santa Claus.

Verna, who is preparing for her 75th birthday, is a delight. She is always dressed up, and revels in community and social outings.

May staff worked with Verna to plan a mini vacation with a friend. Not surprisingly, she chose Henry. Knowing how much he likes Christmas, she asked staff to take them to Santa’s Village in New Hampshire.

It was a wonderful day, topped by a visit and photograph with Santa — an example of what it means to bring our mission of “individualized care across the lifespan” to life.

Verna and Henry are two of the hundreds of adults whose lives are rich with meaning because of the love and care they receive from May Institute, and from a loving and supporting community.