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Dr. Bob Putnam Co-authors Response to Commentaries on PBIS (Behavior Analysis in Practice)

Alan Anselmi Highlights Adaptive Physical Education for May Center School Students [Article]
"Adaptive physical education is the art of taking all kinds of movement (running, jumping, rolling, coordinated movements) and specializing it so students with any type of deficiency can be encouraged to move, be successful, and participate to the best of their level."

New Government Survey Suggests 1 in 45 Children Have ASD. Statistic Does Not Replace CDC’s 1 in 68 U.S. Prevalence Rate  [Report]

May Institute was Proud to Host Stars and Rain Educational Institute for Autism from Beijing, China  [Article]

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month [Article] 
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmenal disorder that affects girls almost exclusively.

May Institute 'A Closer Look:' Use Summertime to Practice, Maintain Social
Skills for Children with Autism

Summertime can be difficult for families of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. With the end of the school year, there may be limited opportunities for your child to continue working on academic or social skills. What can you do to ensure that s/he maintains their hard-earned skills during the summer months?

The May Center in Randolph Prepares Young Adults with Autism to Find a Place at Work  [Article] 
Young adults with disabilities get vocational training which they use to enter society upon graduation at the Todd Fournier Center for Employment Training within the May Institute.

Award-Winning Campaign Asks, “Does Someone You Love Have Autism, Brain Injury, or Special Needs?”  [Press Release]
Randolph, Mass., Does someone you love have autism, brain injury ,or special needs? May Institute, a national nonprofit organization, will ask that question to hundreds of thousands of people during June in celebration of our 60th Anniversary.

May Institute is celebrating our its 60th anniversary!  [Press Release]
One element of the anniversary year will be a 12-month, multi-media initiative called “Faces. Voices. Lives. – 60 Years at May Institute.”  

Support May Institute Programs for Individuals with Autism, Brain Injury, and Other Special Needs  [Press Release]

Our Snow Dragon Comes to Life!  [Article]
When Jen Vanora - our amazing art teacher, came to me with an idea to create a snow dragon I was drawn in immediately by the obvious excitement. Jen had a wonderful idea, a plan to execute, and I wanted to support her! It is this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that makes our school so special - Thank you to Jen and all the others - student and staff alike who went along with it! more

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!  [Article]
Improving employment opportunities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) benefits the business community and helps these individuals become more independent. more

May Institute Clinicians Melanie DuBard and James Luiselli Co-author Study in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities  [Announcement]
Randolph, Mass., Social Validity Assessment of Job Satisfaction, Resources, and Support Among Educational Service Practitioners for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. more

May Institute's Dr. James Luiselli, editor of new book on advances and innovations in ASD  [Announcement]
Randolph, Mass., James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, May Institute’s Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, is the editor of Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a new, comprehensive reference guide for professionals in the field, and individuals with family members on the spectrum. more

Helping Children with Special Needs – and Their Parents – Get a Good Night’s Sleep  [Article]
Getting a good night’s sleep is important to maintaining good health, but many of us have challenges when it comes to sleeping. Sleep problems can be especially common and troublesome for families who have children with developmental disabilities. And if a child is having trouble sleeping, the quality of sleep can decline for the entire family.

Summer Life-Saving Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs  [Press Release]
Randolph, Mass., With the summer season well underway, we offer safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs. These basic safety skills may someday become critical life-saving skills. more

Award-Winning Campaign Asks, “Does Someone You Love Have Autism?”  [Press Release]
Randolph, Mass., Does someone you love have autism? May Institute, a national nonprofit organization, will ask that question to hundreds of thousands of people during April, National Autism Awareness Month. May Institute provides critical services, and access to services, for children and adults with autism and other special needs throughout the country. more

Commentary: Joint Statement from the National Autism Center and May Institute Regarding CDC's New Rate of One in 68 Children Identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder  [Press Release]
Randolph, Mass. - Within hours of the release, conflicting opinions on the veracity and accuracy of, and meaning behind, these statistics were voiced. Regardless of interpretations, the call to action is clear.

May Institute Partners with Richdale Convenience Stores to Advance Job Training for Students with Autism  [Press Release]
Randolph, Mass. – May Institute and Richdale Convenience Stores have announced a new business partnership that will bring real-world business expertise into the classrooms at the Todd Fournier Center for Employment Training and Community Inclusion.

May Institute Educational Services Earn National Accreditation  [Press Release]
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).

When Words Hurt, parts 1 and 2  [PDF] 
It is natural to get defensive or upset when someone says something unkind. But by staying open to the conversation, you have the opportunity to teach others about how to be more supportive to you and your child.