Introduction Nish Parikh is the founder, technology architect and CEO of Rangam Technologies, a mobile application development company in Somerset, New Jersey. He is also an executive officer of Rangam Technologies’s parent firm Rangam Consultants Inc., one of the fastest growing staffing organizations on the eastern shore. Rangam serves Fortune 500 clients from a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, telecommunication, energy, banking, automobile and insurance.
Parikh founded Rangam Technologies in 2005. From the onset, he was passionate about introducing technology in autism management both at home and in the classroom. Nish started visiting families and special needs schools in the tri-state region to obtain a first-hand account of the daily struggles and achievements of children living with autism.
He routinely meets educators, members of parent advocacy groups, proponents of technology for special education, legislators, pediatric psychologists and ABA therapists who share their valuable insights and experiences about working in a niche area of education and healthcare with him.
Parikh has a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the University of Pune. He loves singing and enjoys driving well-engineered cars.
Work for Autism Back in 2005, Parikh recognized that the existing educational programs for students with special needs lacked the technological sophistication necessary for them to be effective both in and out of the classroom. As a philanthropist, Nish 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 screening 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 has also 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.
After years of collaboration and fundraising, Nish and his team at Rangam Technologies developed ColorsKit in January 2014. ColorsKit is an autism management platform that offers a carefully assorted selection of mobile apps for special needs education and training. This platform integrates data-tracking functionality with audio and video technologies, and helps parents, teachers, therapists, researchers and other caregivers to screen for developmental delays, assess learning goals for every individual and deliver intense and timely intervention.
Recognition and Awards 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, Rangam Technologies won Verizon Powerful Answers Award for its innovative idea of autism management. In September 2014, Rangam Technologies was elected one of the Top 100 Finalists for the 13th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards.
Introduction Myla is a member of the Leadership Team for ColorsKit and brings over two decades of experience in Pharmaceuticals Sales, Diagnostic Sales and as the Director of Sales with a Medical Laser Company.
Myla has a career driven by a passion for the well-being of others and with Rangam Technologies, she is an education advocate for children with special needs and strives to help employ adults on the spectrum.
Introduction Dhara Desai is the Subject Matter Expert for ColorsKit
Dhara brings 30 years’ experience from functional areas of software development, education and support. During this span she has interacted with people having different roles and has witnessed various technological advancements.
A lifetime learner, she likes to learn about the unique needs of special needs communities. She then works with design and development teams in translating those needs to usable products and services.
She likes to explore how mobile technology can be put to use for the benefit of special needs individuals across the globe. She likes the holistic approach of ColorsKit products and services.
Introduction Tim Sharp works as the Program Coordinator for ColorsKit.
Introduction Gerald Franklin works with ColorsKit as a UI designer. His passion for serving the special needs community led him to join Rangam Technologies where his eye for clear and engaging designs can be of most use.
Gerald has a Bachelor’s degree in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, he enjoys community service, designing and creating video games and cooking.
Background Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, Gerald was well aware of many of the challenges that face the special needs community. Building social skills and connecting to people are among them. In order to solve these issues, Gerald looked to the power of shared experiences. When two or more people find they share a common experience, the conversation can start much easier. False impressions and anxiety begin to melt away as people yearn to share and learn how to share their knowledge, feelings and beliefs. And what better vehicle for creating shared experiences than games and technology?
Gerald attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study how to create those shared experiences. During this time, he expanded his knowledge of accessibility and inclusive design. Staying aware of the issues that come from aging and disabilities allowed him to challenge his team to develop stronger designs in class.
Now a part of Rangam Technologies, Gerald seeks to improve the lives of people with autism by helping design easy and wonderful-to-use apps. And to be the architect of the “bridges” he was called to make.