RCS Learning Center Receives Eighteen Thousand Dollars from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Natick, Mass., July 18, 2017RCS Learning Center today announced it received a $18,389.00 grant awarded by the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation for the 2018 fiscal year. The support will allow RCS Learning Center to provide 1 to 1 access to technology for each student. Thus, ensuring the appropriate technological advances are available to every student to support their academic, vocational, and daily living needs.

RCS Learning Center will be adding iPads, supporting software programs, educational applications, and protective cases to provide the 1 to 1 access to technology that will allow for an increase in effectiveness of providing the highest quality of individualized programming for each student.

“For individuals with autism, access to technology can improve their communication, assist in the development of social skills, and aid the development of self-help and vocational skills.,” said Dr. Christina King, RCS Learning Center’s Executive Managing Director and Chief of Research and Application for Realizing Children’s Strengths. “Several students within our school are non-verbal with a limited ability to communicate with others. The iPad is an invaluable resource to provide them with an alternative way to communicate.”

RCS Learning Center is a nonprofit organization serving families and 26 school districts within Massachusetts providing the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational research and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. RCS Learning Center prides itself in the unique qualities of the educational & behavioral services provided and with a vision to remain the leader with intensive and individualized programming in a 1:1 staff to student ratio.  The implementation of a 1 to 1 technology program supports this goal. Local residents can see how the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grant and local funds are benefiting the RCS Learning Center by visiting us at www.rcslearning.org.

“Middlesex Savings Bank has always cared deeply about the communities we serve,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. “Through the Foundation grants, we are able to provide support to the people and organizations who work the hardest to both solve problems and create opportunities for our neighbors. We are pleased to support RCS Learning Center this year with the awarded grant.”

About the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2000 to carry out further the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank by supporting the communities served by the Bank. Since its creation, the Foundation has provided more than $4 million in grants to over 400 nonprofit organizations, supporting services, and programs in a wide variety of fields, including education, and basic human services. Since the inception of the Foundation, Middlesex Savings Bank has funded the endowment with over $15 million in contributions. More information available at https://www.middlesexbank.com/community-and-us/community-support/Pages/charitable-foundation.aspx.

About Middlesex Savings Bank

Middlesex Savings Bank, founded in 1835 and headquartered in Natick, Mass., is a mutual savings bank. As one of the largest independent banks in Massachusetts with assets exceeding $4 billion, the bank has been committed to providing outstanding value in consumer banking and business banking products for 180 years. The FDIC and DIF insured bank has 30 branch offices located in 24 communities – Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Bellingham, Boxborough, Concord, Framingham, Franklin, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Littleton, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, an Westford. For more information, please visit www.middlesexbank.com, www.facebook.com/connectwithmsb and www.twitter.com/middlesexbank.

About Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center

Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization and global leader whose mission is to provide the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational research and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Founders Denise Rizzo-Ranieri and Louis Ranieri combined their many years of successful behavioral and educational consulting with a leading team of experts and over a decade-ago developed the Natick school that exceeds the standards for teaching students with autism effectively through intensive, quality 1:1 interactive education. The RCS team believes every child has unique skills and they are dedicated to helping each child develop these skills and reach their full potential with an intensive staffing and supervision structure which enables the highest quality of comprehensive and individualized programming and services tailored to meet every student’s needs. Realizing Children’s Strengths, which currently serves 45 RCS Learning Center students, also provides unique training environments with a continued focus on developing vocational skills training through real-world job training on site and at partner locations. Highly respected industry leaders with award-winning services, RCS Learning Center is based in Natick, MA and is a 501c3b non-profit. More information is available at www.rcslearning.org, https://www.facebook.com/rcslearningcenter and https://twitter.com/RCSLearnCenter

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RCS LEARNING CENTER RECEIVES COMPUTERS FROM FLUTIE FOUNDATION & LENOVO

NATICK, MA  3/13/15 – On Tuesday, March 10th, representatives from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism delivered 3 brand new Lenovo Horizon computers to RCS Learning Center, a local nonprofit school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities in Natick. The Flutie Foundation’s Program Director, Chris Chirco and Managing Director of Flutie Spectrum Enterprises, Brittany Collins were on hand to present the computers to Co-Founder & President, Denise Rizzo. RCS students, Chris O., Matthew M., William H., and Beni T. in the Day Program helped Rizzo accept the donation and say thanks. The computers, originally a donation to the Flutie Foundation through a partnership with Lenovo USA, will be available to RCS’ 45 students ages 3-22 for educational, vocational, and leisure purposes.

 

“We are thrilled to receive a donation of 3 brand new Lenovo computers from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism,” said Denise Rizzo, President and Founder of RCS Learning Center.  “Technology is so important to students today and their educational success. These computers will help us ensure our students have the access they need to learn important 21st century skills to become positive and productive members of our community.”

 

“It was a great honor to be able to provide such a wonderful local organization with new technology” said Chris Chirco, Program Director of the Flutie Foundation.  “At the Flutie Foundation part of our mission is to assist those with autism in living life to the fullest, and we hope that by providing these computers the students at RCS will take another step to do just that.”

 

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About RCS Learning Center

Realizing Children’s Strengths (RCS) Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide the highest quality of individualized behavioral and educational services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.  We believe that every child has unique skills and we are dedicated to helping each child develop these skills and reach their full potential. Started in 2006, the Natick-based Chapter 766 approved private school serves over 40 children ages 3-22 with Autism and other developmental disabilities from over 30 towns and cities in Massachusetts.

 

About the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established by former college and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.  The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest.  Through our programs and partnerships, we help people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence.

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Over $10,000 Raised in RCS’ 2014 Holiday Appeal

RCS Learning Center is proud to announce that our 2014 Holiday Appeal raised $10,020 this year to benefit our organization! Thanks to the support of over 60 donors, we were able to reach and exceed our goal of raising $10,000 to support the “Let’s Get to Work” Vocational Program! Please see below for a list of donors who gave $100 or more to our Holiday Appeal this year.

As we shared throughout the holiday season, an estimated 85% of adults with autism are currently unemployed or underemployed. Even worse, 50% of young adults with autism between the ages of 21 and 26 have never had a paying job outside of their home. We remain committed to ensuring our program changes that for our students and those who follow. Below are some ways your contribution is making a positive and immediate impact here at RCS:

Your donation is helping us purchase a school van to transport students to a variety of job opportunities in our communities.

Your donation is allowing our students to begin earning wages for the great work they do here at RCS and out in the community.

Your donation is supporting RCS’ ability to spread awareness and acceptance in our communities by simply allowing our students to share with everyone how amazing they truly are.

Most importantly, your donation is helping to make sure RCS students don’t become part of the above statistics, but instead create a new trend of having young adults and adults with autism working alongside all of us at our jobs.

We thank you for supporting our organization and we look forward to sharing more ways your donation is making a difference here at RCS during the coming months!

$100+ Donors:

Nazem & Terri Azzi and Family

Gregory Boyle and Family

Elisabeth and Thomas Boyle

Patricia Breault

Alvin & Cecile Lavoie

David & Donna Coye and Family

ERA Key Realty Services, Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor

Kenya & Jen Rutland and Family

MetroWest Subaru, Frank Hanenberger

Hamma HVAC

Sharon Hucul & James Kolton and Family

Steve & Susan George and Family

Doctors Express Natick & Marlborough, Bing Yeo

Atlantic Planning Group

Align Credit Union

1-800-Got-Junk? / Men In Kilts, Judith Briggs

Cliff & Jeannie Meijer and Family

Don Yorlets

Mike Chagnon

Town Planner Calendar, Janet Drummey

Paul Yasi

Jessica Eidinger

June Lee

Jeffrey Eidinger

Susan Gilson

Guy & Pat Hansen

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RCS’ 2014 Holiday Appeal

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Dear Friends,

Each day, so many youth and adults across our communities wake up, get ready, and head to a paying job. One’s job – even for just a few hours a day— can provide ongoing education, financial stability, new challenges, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, an estimated 85% of adults with autism are currently unemployed or underemployed.  Even worse, 50% of young adults with autism between the ages of 21 and 26 have never had a paying job outside of their home. These statistics are truly frightening, but RCS Learning Center’s “Let’s Get to Work” Vocational Program can help change this for our students and those who follow. So, this holiday season, RCS Learning Center is asking for your help.

 

Your donation will help us purchase and maintain a school van to transport students to a variety of job opportunities in our communities.

Your donation will allow our students to earn wages for the great work they do here at RCS and out in the community.

Your donation will support RCS’ ability to spread awareness and acceptance in our communities by simply allowing our students to share with everyone how amazing they truly are.

Your donation will help to make sure RCS students don’t become part of the above statistics, but instead create a new trend of having young adults and adults with autism working alongside all of us at our jobs.

 

We trust that with your support, we will raise enough funds to greatly benefit our “Let’s Get to Work” Vocational Program this year. Please consider making a gift of any amount to RCS Learning Center and you will have a direct and positive impact in the lives of our students. To make your tax deductible contribution today, please send a check or cash in the enclosed envelope or make a donation online at www.rcslearning.org/donate/.

On behalf of all of us here at RCS Learning Center, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

Sincerely,

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Denise Rizzo                                                      Caroline Cooke

Founder & President                                       Development Manager

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You’re Invited! RCS’ 7th Annual Fall Festival

RCS is proud to announce the 7th Annual Fall Festival presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The event will take place on Saturday, September 27th from 12-4pm at RCS Learning Center in Natick (rain date is Saturday, October 4th) . The event is open to the public and admission is $10 per person or $30 per family. Guests will enjoy a variety of activities from arts and crafts and face painting to bouncy houses and animal shows. Families can enjoy food and drinks that will be available for purchase, live music, raffle prizes, and a variety of exhibitors.

Mark your calendars–we look forward to seeing you on September 27th!

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100% of the proceeds will benefit RCS Learning Center to help us continue to pursue our mission of providing exceptional educational and behavioral services to children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

 

Thank you to our Sponsors: 

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Friends of RCS

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