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Press Release: May Institute Educational Services Earn National Accreditation



Randolph, Mass. – May Institute’s educational services for students with special needs have received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). These comprehensive services include four schools for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related disabilities, one for students with brain injury, and more than a dozen community-based homes. 

CARF accreditation is only granted to organizations that exhibit the highest level of compliance with and fulfillment of standards established by the Commission. Accreditation of May Institute’s educational services is a result of a rigorous peer review process and a demonstration of the highest quality, measurability, and accountability. 

“Children with very intense frequency and severity in their behaviors are successfully served in the May Institute school settings,” CARF reviewers wrote. “Many are able to return, with May Institute support in the transition, back to their neighborhood school.”

The Institute’s four May Centers for Child Development schools are located in Randolph, West Springfield, and Woburn, Mass., and in Santa Cruz, Calif. Its school for students with brain injury – the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation – is located in Brockton, Mass. It is one of only a handful of pediatric programs in the U.S. focusing on both education and rehabilitation.

Thirteen associated Massachusetts community-based group homes also received three-year CARF accreditation. In these homes, student residents receive individualized care from highly trained staff members who provide assistance with daily routines, community integration, and behavioral therapies. 

The Institute earned a special commendation for its “dedication to the use of cutting-edge, evidence-based practices in working with persons with autism and brain injury.” CARF reviewers also praised the Institute for “living its vision” by sharing its knowledge. “These efforts help practitioners and parents understand the positive impact of applied behavior analysis in the treatment of children with ASD.”

“I am very proud of our organization and its employees,” said Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, May Institute’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This is a well-deserved recognition of the excellence of our staff, a validation of the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis, and further confirmation that we are making a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs.”

All of May Institute’s programs that have been through the CARF accreditation process have earned three-year accreditation. This constitutes one of the largest and most comprehensive accreditations CARF has ever awarded for a network of behavioral programs.

About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 55 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorders 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. At nearly 200 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