Former Accenture MD – Aqueel Merchant Joins Ahhaa As Chief Growth Officer

Happiness is a choice & a well balanced mind helps people make best choices. Ahhaa helps people with the same through power of content. I feel extremely blessed to be able to help spread the word.”

— Aqueel Merchant

NEW YORK CITY, NY, USA, July 18, 2018 / — Ahhaa welcomes Aqueel Merchant as Chief Growth Officer.

Aqueel comes from 22 years of varied industry experience with 16 years in Operations & Executive leadership training credentials & also known for his ability to create and articulate corporate vision and then move teams to embrace it. Aqueel was at Accenture as Managing Director prior to joining Ahhaa.

The synergy between Aqueel and the entire team at Ahhaa was struck from day one right from the time Diane and Ashwin started interacting and envisioning Ahhaa’s growth with him in years to come.

Ahhaa is a mind wellbeing platform that was founded by former Monk – Ashwin Srisailam and a Mom – Diane Bacchus who’s journey has always been about inner growth.

Ahhaa has mind wellbeing content already on 45 global platforms distributed by Sony DADC.

The founders have conducted talks and meditation on global stages such as Harvard Medical School and The United Nations Head Quarters in NYC.

Ahhaa has also partnered with companies like Cambridge University Press and Deloitte & Touché to bring ASAP – Ahhaa Self Awareness Programs to their company's ecosystem.

Ahhaa was chosen to be showcased at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 where India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other global leaders experienced Ahhaa with the founders.

Ahhaa is based both in New York & Pune. Oscar and Grammy Musician A.R. Rahman initially launched Ahhaa with the founders in 2015.

Aqueel will be primarily focused on the global growth by bringing Ahhaa Mind Well-Being content to corporations thus creating a culture of emotional excellence for one and all.

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Brooke Safford Explains The Impact Of Lack Of Sleep

SARASOTA, FL, UNITED STATES, July 18, 2018 / — Brooke Safford is a sleep expert who has recently completed a piece of research on the impact of sleep deprivation on the body and the brain. As an expert in psychology and neuroscience and a recognized author, he has made sleep his main field of study. It has long been known that insufficient sleep leads to the brain finding it difficult to make new memories. The how and why of this is what has interested Safford in particular, trying to understand the link between sleep and memory retention.

Also, Safford looked into the impact of lack of sleep on a production of beta-amyloid. This is a toxic brain protein that is linked closely to Alzheimer's disease. When people sleep, the brain flushes out toxins, including beta-amyloid. This means that those who do not sleep enough start to have a buildup of this protein. The larger the amount of this protein in the brain, the more likely it will be for that person to develop dementia.

Brooke Safford also explains how lack of sleep affects the physical body, which is in numerous ways. Firstly, the reproductive system is affected. Men who sleep only five or six hours a night have testosterone levels comparable to those who are 10 years their senior. In other words, lack of sleep can make someone age a decade in terms of wellness and virility.

At the same time, lack of sleep impacts the immune system. After a single night in which a person has just four to five hours of sleep, natural killer cells, which are immune cells that fight cancer, are reduced by 70%. This is why people who sleep for only short periods of time are more at risk of various forms of cancer, including breast, prostate, and bowel cancer. This link is now so well-determined that the World Health Organization (WHO) has become involved, classifying nighttime shift work as a potential carcinogen. Hence, working in a way that disrupts the rhythm of sleep could cause cancer.

Next, Safford explains that lack of sleep has an impact on the cardiovascular system. This is because, during sleep, the body is able to lower blood pressure. When we sleep, our heart rate also goes down, which leads to lower blood pressure. Essentially, sleep is a reboot of the overall cardiovascular system, which works better than any blood pressure medication on the market today. Those who sleep less than six hours per night are 200% more likely to suffer from a fatal stroke or heart attack during their lifetime.

Safford is particularly interested in the global experiment that is currently taking place, in which 1.6 billion people are tested twice yearly without even being aware of it. That test is the daylight saving time. It means that, during spring, people lose an hour of sleep. So far, results have shown that the following day, heart attack rates increased by 24%. That is a statistically significant figure.

Currently, Safford is considering another important question, which is how quickly a human being can recycle. He is interested in finding out how long someone could continue to function without sleep before a clear decline in cognitive function starts to become apparent and before the physical effects are noticeable. So far, his studies have shown that someone who has been awake for 16 hours starts to experience this.

According to Brooke Safford, once someone has been awake for 16 hours, there is a clear and measurable deterioration in that person’s mental and physiological capacity. If that person continues to be awake and reaches 19 to 20 hours, mental capacity is equal to that of someone who would be drunk behind a wheel. Yet, many people pride themselves on their ability to "pull an all-nighter". Brooke Safford believes that the recycling rate of the average human being is no more than 16 hours, therefore, which would also suggest that the old statement of every human being needing eight hours of sleep every night is correct. It is during those eight hours that the body is able to repair all the damage that has been done while people were awake. In fact, Safford describes wakefulness as a form of brain damage.

Unfortunately, it is also true that society today does not lend itself to sleeping eight hours per night anymore. This is true not just for shift workers. People are simply too busy trying to make ends meet to fit everything in 24 hours. Sleep is often the first thing to suffer since people feel they don't do anything during those hours anyway.

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Members of Public Welcomed to Schedule Tour of Lehigh Valley Charter School

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Executive Education Charter School in Allentown offers tours to prospective students, families, and community members.

Executive Education Academy Charter School offers tours to members of the public and prospective students.

We pride ourselves in taking on an active community role, through volunteering and business partnerships.”

— Robert Lysek, CEO and Founder

ALLENTOWN, PA, UNITED STATES, July 18, 2018 / — Executive Education Academy Charter School in Allentown is offering tours to members of the community and prospective students.

“We pride ourselves in taking on an active community role, through volunteering and business partnerships. We want the community to visit the school and see the impact it is making for the youth of Allentown and beyond,” says Robert Lysek, founder and CEO of the Lehigh Valley charter school.

The school is currently partnered with over three dozen community organizations and businesses, and also volunteers at local events.

Tours are also a way for prospective students and their families to see the school, explore its facilities, and meet its staff.

To learn more about Executive Education Academy and to schedule a tour of the charter school in Allentown, visit

About EEACS: Founded in 2014 by highly experienced educators and management, Executive Education Academy Charter School, authorized for grades K-12 by the Allentown School District, leads the way in education by offering its 1,300 students opportunities for growth both in and out of the classroom. EEACS combines all mandated studies with a unique student-corporate culture. To learn more, visit

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Ecologist and Conservation Scientist Dr. William Lidicker to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 18, 2018 / — Human beings tend to believe we live in a kind of splendid isolation in which we are in charge, having conquered and dominated this planet and everything else needs to get out of the way. But everyone is doing their job, from the tiniest bug to you and me. We need to care for our planet for humans to persist in a sustainable way, and that means allowing the other creatures we share this world with to persist as well. That’s conservation.

Dr. William Lidicker is a retired professor of integrative biology at the University of California-Berkeley. A celebrated figure in ecology, mammalogy, and conservation science, Dr. Lidicker has spent more than 60 years in the field.

“Many people conceive of conservation as being about enjoying nature for its aesthetic beauty or morality,” says Dr. Lidicker. “That's fine, but it's certainly not going to solve our problems.”

The field of conservation science is dedicated to applying scientific solutions to conservation problems. The problem is the future of humanity. If we can’t create a sustainable future, the alternative is pretty grim.

Dr. Lidicker began his tenure at Berkeley in 1957 as instructor in zoology and assistant curator of mammals.

“At that time, ecology itself was very new, at least in academia,” recalls Dr. Lidicker. “Our zoology department hired an ecologist and that was considered revolutionary at the time. Today, ecology is a big part of our understanding of how life works and how humans function on the planet. Ecology and conservation science have since become one in the same in many ways.”

According to Dr. Lidicker, it wasn't until the late 1980s that traditional biology departments, especially in highly ranked research oriented universities, recognized conservation science as a legitimate component of basic biological research. This transition paved the way for human ecology (or conservation biology) to flourish in the best universities.

“It's increasingly difficult to be optimistic, but you have to be to a certain degree, because pessimism leads to inaction and inaction leads to more problems,” says Dr. Lidicker. “The projections are not pretty. But there is some hope or optimism. If we get together and do what we can, we can slow down the process and eventually stop it. It's going to require a lot of cooperation around the world. Maybe climate change will force us to be cooperative. It might be the stimulus we need to get it together.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Dr. William Lidicker in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on July 20th at 1pm EDT.

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Car rental fraud victim exposes crucial photographic proof to show humanity the shocking subsequent vehicle damage used as part of highly-refined theft scam

The most important advice I can offer to any car rental customer is to take substantial photographs of the vehicle condition at the origination and the conclusion of the rental”

— David Howe, National Car Rental 'ding and dent' scam victim

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, July 17, 2018 / — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the photographic proof of rental condition during the moment-in-time when the vehicle was returned to the crime scene at SW Florida Fort Myers International airport National Car Rental check-in location, as well as the subsequent photographic evidence revealing the shocking vehicle damage that occurred in the care of tortfeasor Enterprise Holdings.

The subsequent damage was conspicuously made in a close and convenient proximity to the ‘wear and tear’ that was part of an overall complex 'ding and dent' scam intended to financially implicate the crime victim through the origination of a one-way rental secured with a business credit card. This damage was a ploy designed to create an illusion of a legitimate claim to support a substantial money demand that included aggressive tactics to gain access to the victim's credit card and insurance company for undisputed and prompt cash settlement.

The damage was later photographed and then inserted onto a PDF by the Enterprise ‘Damage Recovery Unit’ with repeated financial demands directed at victim David Howe for payment of $502.80, an amount which Florida law may declare as felony grand theft under current statute. And in the most brazen effort to hasten the fraudulent payment repeatedly demanded by tortfeasor, the crime victim was threatened to have his credit severely impacted by a third-party collection agency if the illicit money was not paid to 'satisfy the claim'.

Although egregious beyond imagination is the photographic evidence revealing the subsequent damage, it’s only a mere piece in a larger corporate cover-up, including an incredible under-oath written statement directing law enforcement investigators to the WRONG VEHICLE.

In addition to a comprehensive hour-long presentation provided to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Consumer Protection Director Victoria Butler and senior investigators in Tampa, Florida, the complex systematic scheme and criminal evidence was shared with a field representative for United States Senator Marco Rubio and later communicated through an in-depth presentation to Mr. Rubio's legislative staff in Washington D.C. (

• See the photo taken at crime scene revealing nearly invisible, yet normal, ‘wear and tear’. The photo was sent real-time via the Verizon VTEXT server to the manager on duty after Howe became suspicious of the ‘ding and dent’ scam. The single photo established an uncontroverted record of the vehicle condition at rental check-in and protected the victim beyond reproach:

• See the subsequent photo that was emailed to crime victim Howe in a PDF from the Enterprise ‘Damage Recovery Unit’ with a financial demand of $502.80. The photograph reveals actual damage that could not have been the responsibility of the crime victim. It was the basis of a law enforcement investigation and meetings with lawmakers:

“The most important advice I can offer to any car rental customer is to take substantial photographs of the vehicle condition at the origination and the conclusion of the rental,” said David Howe, National Car Rental crime victim and survivor. “There may be many instances when agents will advise that ‘anything smaller than a golf ball is okay’. It’s critical that consumers blatantly ignore any instruction to dismiss minor 'wear and tear' and to instead take photos of every square inch of the assigned vehicle, inside and outside and even checking under-carriage to help mitigate easy-to-commit fraud by predatory rental agencies.

Related: Rental Car Checklist – Protocol for Protection

“And that recommendation cannot be made more strongly for each and every rental because there’s a pathetic lack of uniform and predictable standards for the car rental industry that places consumers at incredible risk of financial exposure with virtually no due process rights — even in cases of clear and convincing fraud,” Howe added.

“Of course, I hope to change that with my own criminal victimization,” Howe concluded. “In fact, my past efforts – as well as planned future efforts — with Congress and state lawmakers has proved to be profoundly therapeutic following what is undeniably the most abusive and anger-provoking life event I have ever experienced.”

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Intermountain Healthcare Donates 6,000 Books to Utah Children

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, July 17, 2018 / — Intermountain Healthcare is donating 6,000 books to at-risk children. The donation supports organizations in Utah dedicated to childhood literacy and development, including the Salt Lake County Health Department and the Reach Out and Read program.

“Community organizations will receive books, as will our pediatric clinics and newborn intensive care units, so we can encourage reading to children right from the beginning,” said Mikelle Moore, Intermountain senior vice president of Community Health.

Intermountain’s Community Giving program provided funding for nearly four thousand books, while Intermountain leaders from across the system contributed an additional 2,100 books. Donations included familiar titles such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, and Where the Wild Things Are. Nearly 30 percent of all donated titles were printed in languages other than English.

The Salt Lake County Health Department received books in support of their home visitation programs. “We provide approximately 4,500 visits per year,” said Kami Peterson, assistant division director of Family Health. “A lot of the families that we visit…in Salt Lake County are low-income families and don’t have access to books. Being able to give them a book and talk about literacy is really important.”

Caroline Moreno, education program manager with Salt Lake County Human Services, was optimistic about the impact the donation will have on the community. “Reading to a kid when they’re just born, when they’re five years old, when they’re 10 years old, is super important for brain development,” she said.

The research agrees with her. A 2016 study found that 3-year-olds whose parents read to them from an early age were significantly less likely to be aggressive or hyperactive. Follow up research determined the positive effects persisted as those children were entering kindergarten. Children whose families continued to read to them were less likely to have behavioral problems or experience trouble with concentration, key indicators of success in school.

Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care, will also receive supplies. The organization’s 34 Utah locations, roughly half of which operate out of Intermountain clinics, serve about 41,000 children annually.

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit

Daron Cowley
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors Top Partners and Dedicated Supporters

Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to National Board Member

TAMPA, FLA., UNITED STATES, July 17, 2018 / — Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America honors the top corporate partners and individual leaders who make significant contributions to help the organization serve children by matching them in impactful mentoring relationships with caring adult volunteers. During the 2018 National Conference Awards Gala presented by Comcast NBCUniversal and held on June 28, BBBSA honored Alan J. Bernon, Gary Moore, the Federated Insurance Companies, and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

“Each of these award winners has contributed significantly to our Network and our National Office, helping us increase our impact on communities,” said Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award

As a member of the National Board, the Board of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and as a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Alan Bernon has been a consistent ambassador and supporter for Big Brothers Big Sisters for decades. He has provided crucial support for the National Office, building it into a thriving organization.

“I have had the honor and pleasure to serve on numerous nonprofit boards over the past three decades, probably two dozen, but none have meant more to me than the privilege of being part of this organization,” Bernon said.

Community Impact Award

Federated Insurance began the Federated Challenge in 2004. Through the annual event, which includes a black tie gala, an auction, and a golf tournament, Federated Insurance raises over $2.5 million per year for the three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Minnesota and has raised more than $32 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters in total, now including funds for the National Office.

“We have chosen, as a company, to pay 100 percent of all the expenses of the [Federated Challenge] gala, the golf, the prizes, so that every single dollar raised in the auction and every single dollar given by our corporate sponsors goes to the three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies,” said Jeff Fetters, Chairman and CEO of Federated Insurance. In June, Fetters joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Board of Directors.

President’s Award

The highest partner honor of the night went to the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for its partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Not only did they provide the funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ strategic planning process, the product of which was the five-year strategic plan, Bigger Impact 2022, but they also invested $2.725 million in various strategic initiatives from technology to training.

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation envisions children and youth developing the knowledge, skills, and character to explore and understand the world around them, growing into caring, informed, and productive adults. “We have a National Character Initiative, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is one of 13 organizations that we have invested in,” said Arron Jiron, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation Associate Program Director for Education, who accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.

Common Good Award

Gary Moore of the law firm Moore Strickland, who has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than a decade and provides invaluable service as national coordinating legal counsel in child protection matters, received the Common Good Award. Moore Strickland has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of America by providing pro bono legal counsel of the highest quality to our youth protection and leadership teams.

“I come away from this experience with a feeling—of all of the clients I have represented, of all of the great legal experiences I have had, nothing has given me more pride and more feeling of good faith, around the country,” Moore said. “You don’t build walls, you open doors in the minds of children.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 114-year history. With over 270 affiliates across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters has served nearly 2 million children (“Littles”) in the past 10 years. Learn more at

Lauren Klinger
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Impact of "IP Literacy" is the Focus of 2018 IP Awareness Summit at Columbia University

The Center for IP Understanding will hold IPAS 2018, a global event devoted to increasing IP understanding for all

IPAS 2018 will explore the role of patents and other IP rights in a in an information-driven world and look at ways to communicate IP’s vital link to innovation, commerce and society”

— Brian Hinman, Chief Innovation Officer, Aon IP Solutions

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, July 17, 2018 / — The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) announced today that it is holding this year’s Intellectual Property Awareness Summit in New York on November 29 at Columbia University in the School of Journalism.

Confusion about the purpose and use of inventions, authored works and designs, and their rights, has led to widespread IP theft on the part of both individuals and businesses. Uncertainty inhibits innovation and competition, increases frustration and discourages investment. IPAS 2018 will examine ways to improve audiences’ basic IP awareness and appreciation.

The second annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit – IP Literacy in a Digital World – will examine the impact of information and speed on how intellectual property is seen and often taken for granted, and ways to address it through education and the media.

IPAS 2017 (Enhancing Value Through Understanding), held at Illinois Institute of Technology/ Chicago-Kent College of Law, drew participants and panelists from the U.S., Europe and Asia, and provided opportunities to network and share ideas. Discussions included best ways to address the widespread confusion over IP rights, and the growing acceptance of IP theft.

Participants included Hon. Randall Rader, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (ret.); Q. Todd Dickinson, ex-United Stated Under Secretary of Commerce, USPTO Director, Scott Frank, CEO of the IP Businesses at AT&T, Stephen Haber Director of Stamford’s IP² think tank and David Teece, UC Berkeley economist and IP advocate.

IPAS 2018 attendees will include IP holders, executives, educators, creators, service providers and IP organizations. Space is limited. To request an invitation, write Participants can expect interaction, networking and exploring the role of such groups as government, the media, and educators in making IP rights more intelligible, and the impact of failing to.

“Knowing what IP rights achieve is not just for lawyers,” said Bruce Berman, Chairman and founder of CIPU, an independent non-profit hosting IPAS 2018. “Patents and other IP are too important to ignore and not that difficult for most people to understand. IP is more easily accessible and easily infringed than ever, and many believe it is simply there for the taking.”

IP rights are central to more than 200 years of U.S. history. However, they have grown weaker and less certain over the past decade. Other nations are keenly aware. China, for example, has dramatically improved the reliability of its patent system and increased its investment in technology, which is threatening to dethrone the U.S. as the “go-to” nation for innovation and new ideas. A range of people and institutions that rely on IP need to know what is at stake and how to fix it.

“IPAS 2018 will explore the role of patents and other IP rights in a in an information-driven world,” said Brian Hinman, Chief Innovation Officer at Aon IP Solutions and a CIPU board member. “Everyone should be able to recognize and respect IP rights. This event will examine how to improve basic IP awareness and appreciation. IPAS speakers and panelists will look at ways to communicate IP’s vital link to innovation, commerce and society.”

For a draft of the IPAS 2018 program and event website, visit Watch for updates. To register, go here.

About the Center for IP Understanding

The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of IP rights and their impact on people’s lives. CIPU provides information, conducts research and facilitates activities that seek to make IP more intelligible, enhance value and deter theft. The Center also tracks attitudes toward IP rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and through outreach, provides an education framework for understanding how IP promotes competition and creates jobs. To learn more, please visit

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Trish Martin of Neuroplasticity & Education United to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

JENISON, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, July 17, 2018 / — Our democracy depends on literacy. We need a literate society to be able to make informed decisions. But according to recent national statistics, the current reading proficiency score for fourth graders is 32 percent.

Trish Martin is the founder of Neuroplasticity & Education United, where she works with school districts across the country, training teachers how to teach reading by unlocking the power of neuroplasticity.

“We try to make reading as addictive as a video game,” says Martin. “When kids come to us entering kindergarten, they come wanting to learn.”

After 25 years as a speech pathologist, Martin has spent the last 14 years teaching and promoting the fundamental building blocks of literacy through a revolutionary, scientifically and evidence-based instructional series. She developed the “Neuroplasticity: Rewiring the Brain” series and has authored multiple instructional curriculum books, student workbooks along with extensive support materials and instructional videos. She is now expanding to provide parents the support materials they need to help their child get to the next level.

The English language has 44 sounds and approximately 256 ways to spell them. English has four layers: Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Greek and French. Once we get to fourth grade, the words the child is being asked to read will be 60 percent Latin or Greek in origin.

“The educational system at the university level rarely teaches the subtler aspects of how the language goes together, or how to actually teach a child to read,” says Martin. “We have not provided the necessary instruction to the child for them to be able to read to their potential.”

“If I were to send my granddaughter to a piano teacher, the first thing the piano teacher would do is teach the keys of the piano. So if I'm going to be an elementary teacher, I should probably know how many sounds there are in the English language that I need to teach and understand that words are built by linking syllables together.”

Of course, teachers face many challenges. The brain is a use-it-or-lose-it system; whatever neurological pathways are used the most will build the strongest highways. Children today are spending approximately four hours each day in front of a visual screen. This in turn builds powerful visual roads in the brain. Unfortunately children spend significantly less time than children in prior generations processing oral language and developing their auditory system. They are also spending less time stimulating their imagination which also requires language.

“They have weak roads in the brain,” says Martin. “Once you understand where things live in the brain, you can figure out how to design a task to build that road. We have to train teachers how to do that. You can use any content you want. I use literacy.”

Martin says unlocking the reading code is not just about the children that struggle.

“I have spent years fine-tuning these lessons, so any teacher or parent is capable of improving their child's capacity to read,” says Martin. “Every child benefit, and your high-end reader just explodes.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Trish Martin in an interview with Jim Masters on July 19th and July 26th at 11am EDT.

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NATICK, MA, UNITED STATES, July 16, 2018 / — For Immediate Release Contact: Claire Burgess, 339-788-7476


Natick, MA., June 26, 2018 – Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center in Natick, MA is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Woburn-based Cummings Foundation. RCS is one of 100 local nonprofits selected from 597 applicants for the Cummings Foundation’s “$100k for 100” program.
RCS Learning Center will use the grant to support the hire of a new position and implementation of communication campaign efforts to build awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We are so honored and grateful to receive this generous grant from the Cummings Foundation,” said Denise Rizzo-Ranieri, M.S. Ed., RCS President and Co-founder. “There are key deficits including the lack of high quality ABA-based educational behavioral programs, communication and verbal behavioral supportive programs, vocational programs supporting transition into adulthood, and advocacy and support for the ASD community,” said Rizzo-Ranieri, who is also the Chief of Design and Innovation at RCS. “We look forward to implementing a comprehensive program to further address the needs for these deficits. This grant will be significant in helping us achieve success in filling these voids.”
Rizzo-Ranieri and RCS Development Manager Julie Falcucci will join approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the grant recipients. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $220 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone. This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including autism education and programs, homelessness prevention and affordable housing, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We are indebted to the nonprofit organizations like Realizing Children’s Strengths that have a meaningful positive impact on the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s Executive Director. “We are delighted to invest in their important programs and services.”

The complete list of 100 grant is available at

About Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center
Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center is a leading not-for-profit, chapter 766 approved private special educational school that provides the highest quality individualized behavioral and educational services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. For over a decade RCS Learning Center has exceeded the standards for teaching students with Autism through the use of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment methodology with an emphasis on Verbal Behavioral Model for teaching communication and language skills. Individualized curriculum, programming, and 1:1 support is tailored to meet the needs of each student that includes specialized vocational program for students 14 years and older. Our highly respected leaders in the field of ABA conduct cutting edge research, present at national and local conferences and provide intensive training for individuals in the field of Behavioral Analysis and ABA. RCS Learning Center is based in Natick, MA and is a 501c3b non-profit. More information is available at

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Bill Cummings released his self-written memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big: An Entrepreneur’s Journey to Billion-Dollar Philanthropist,” in March 2018. The book may be purchased at

Claire Burgess
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