According to Nish, many of the existing educational programs for students with special needs lack the technological sophistication necessary for them to be effective both in and out of the classroom. As a philanthropist, he started investing in creating technologically advanced educational programs for special needs students. He worked with a highly skilled team and built kiosk-based Colors Program as a supplemental tool for teachers and the app-based iLearnNEarn program for both teachers and parents. Nish collaborated with eminent psychologist Dr. Michael Lewis to develop a mobile app that would help pediatricians and parents detect signs of cognitive developmental delays in newborns, in order to initiate appropriate actions for overall well-being of the child.

He also has worked with institutes and organizations such as ECLC of New Jersey and Easter Seals New York. Nish teamed up with Eden Autism Services to convert their print curriculum into the fully digitized iLearnNEarn2 series of apps for children and adults.

In September 2013, at the Innovation For Autism press conference, the official launch of this series of autism applications received much media attention and expert recognition. At the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nish’s team won Verizon Powerful Answers Award for conceptualizing an innovative idea of autism management utilizing mobile technology.

In April 2015, Nish’s farsighted vision for the autism community materialized through The Spectrum Careers, a trailblazing employment initiative undertaken by Rangam in partnership with Autism Speaks. Follow this link to know more about The Spectrum Careers.

In June 2016 Nish won the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Innovation Award for his commendable work in empowering individuals with autism and related conditions.

Nish and his team at Rangam are currently working on an integrated solution for training and employment of individuals of all abilities.

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