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Miami Foundation Grants OLCDC $20,000 to Help Opa-Locka Get Healthy

The Miami Foundation awarded the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) a $ 20,000 grant through its 2015 Community Grants Program, which awards more than $ 1.2 million in grants annually. The grant will be used to create the only free, outdoor fitness area in the city, making fitness and health more accessible by promoting physical activity to residents 18 years of age and older, veterans and those with disabilities.

Health and fitness is the main focus of the park’s transformation although a picnic area and community garden will also be added to the park. There is currently no gym or fitness center in the city of Opa-locka – Gyms in the area are more than 2-5 miles away and require membership fees that many Opa-locka residents, 39 percent of whom live below the poverty level, cannot afford to pay. With the help of more than 250 volunteers, two vacant lots adjacent to the existing park will be transformed into exercise stations and will include six fitness machines. Free health and certified fitness trainers will also visit the park twice a week to provide fitness classes and guidance to residents based on their interests and health concerns.

“This grant will help us to positively impact the health of Opa-locka residents by promoting physical activity and addressing health disparities in our community. Adults who bring their children to the playground can exercise and improve their own physical well-being, promoting an on-going culture of healthy lifestyles for families, outdoor activities and community interaction.” Said OLCDC President and CEO Willie Logan, Ph.D.

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The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation in order to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. Its primary mission is to transform neighborhoods by capitalizing on community assets, empowering residents and creating community and economic initiatives that serve as a catalyst in promoting sustainable development. For more information about OLCDC, please visit http://www.olcdc.org.


Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation uses civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We’ve partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic Funds. Thanks to them, we’ve awarded over $ 200 million in grants and currently manage $ 225 million in assets to build a greater Miami. Learn more about the Foundation and the Our Miami Report, which informs our work, at miamifoundation.org and ourmiami.org.

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Blind and Dyslexic Scholars Face Down Barriers to Thrive in College and Careers

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) April 15, 2015

Learning Ally, a national nonprofit serving individuals with visual and learning disabilities, will honor six remarkable students on April 18 at its 55th annual National Achievement Awards celebration in the nation’s capital.

Three high achievers are blind or visually impaired, and three have learning disabilities like dyslexia. All are being recognized for scholastic excellence, exemplary leadership and service to others; and all have thrived in education with the help of accessible educational content and assistive technology that Learning Ally provides.

The following six winners will receive cash awards and travel with their families to Washington, DC, where they will spend an afternoon on Capitol Hill and speak out during two days of education and celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 17 – 18.

    Matthew Guberman-Pfeffer is attending the University of Connecticut’s chemistry graduate program on its most competitive and prestigious scholarship. He also has a visual impairment that makes studying an already difficult subject even more challenging. Rather than be discouraged by his visual impairment, Matthew considers his obstacles a source of motivation. He credits Learning Ally as giving him the opportunity to study chemistry by making highly technical textbooks accessible and easily available in audio format. Matthew hopes to become a chemistry professor after completing his degree.

    Brian Meersma is a freshman at Cornell University who has dyslexia. He credits Learning Ally and other assistive technologies for helping him do well in school despite his struggles with reading. After realizing the positive impact that technology had on him, he developed a passion for assistive technology. While he is currently in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and still exploring possible career paths, Brian hopes that his course work will provide a foundation to pursue a career in the disability field, finance, or human resources.

    Valeria Paradiso is pursuing a graduate degree at Hunter College, having already completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and honor’s studies. Valeria lost her sight due to retinal blastoma at a young age, and uses Braille as well as human-narrated audiobooks from Learning Ally to access educational material and pleasure reading. After completing a dual program in general and special education, Valeria plans to become a teacher for people who are blind or visually impaired. Most recently she has become a founding mentor in Learning Ally’s new College Success for the Blind program.

    Mara Schein, a freshman at Cornell University, once considered herself a non-reader because of her dyslexia. Mara is now excelling in her academic pursuits, majoring in Policy Analysis and Management and considering a minor in Human Biology, Health and Society. At Cornell, she is a member of a judicial committee called the Peer Review Board and a writer for the science section of the school’s newspaper. She has spent much time mentoring young students in the city of Baltimore, and is considering paths in education policy and the science of learning.

    Brian Miller recently completed his doctorate in history at the University of Iowa. Visually impaired since birth, Brian was never deterred from experiencing everything life has to offer and was among the first blind students to be mainstreamed into public schools. Audiobooks from Learning Ally helped Brian compete with his sighted peers and excel in school and he has continued to use them throughout his higher education pursuits. He lives near Washington, D.C. and works for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

    Kelsey Waldron was diagnosed at a young age with dyslexia, a learning difference she shares with her father and brother. Although her family was prepared for the challenges dyslexia can present, Kelsey faced many struggles during her grade school years. With hard work and a strong support network, she was able to build skills to overcome her difficulties with reading. Now a freshman at Carleton College, Kelsey views her dyslexia as a strength that has helped her develop resilience and a strong work ethic. Kelsey is currently studying a variety of subjects with plans to focus on political science and history.

About the National Achievement Awards

Since 1959, Learning Ally has honored exceptional students who are blind or visually impaired through its privately endowed Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards (SAA) for college seniors and beyond. Hundreds of students apply for these prestigious awards each year and are selected by committees of Learning Ally volunteers, board members, parents, educators, donors and staff. Students are recognized for their academic excellence, leadership, and service to others; each award winner has a long list of honors and accomplishments, and has graduated with a GPA above 3.0, with most near the 4.0 mark; and they have thrived on their education paths thanks in part to their use of accessible educational content and assistive technology provided by Learning Ally. For information about applying for Learning Ally’s National Achievement awards, visit http://NAA.LearningAlly.org/apply.

About Learning Ally

Founded in 1948, Learning Ally supports K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom read and learn differently due to dyslexia, blindness or visual impairment, and other disabilities. Through its extensive community events and support programs, Learning Ally enables parents, teachers and specialists to help students thrive and succeed. The organization hosts live and virtual events for families and teachers; provides instructive webinars led by experts as well as peer-to-peer sessions led by students; personal consultations for parents; and professional development workshops for educators.

Learning Ally’s collection of 80,000 human-narrated audio textbooks and literature titles can be downloaded by students using their smartphones and tablets, and is the largest of its kind in the world. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Learning Ally is partially funded by grants from state and local education programs, and the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information, visit http://LearningAlly.org.

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HighRadius Exhibits at the 16th CIC National Credit Conference

HighRadius, the leading provider of Credit and Accounts Receivable automation solutions and the preferred choice of Fortune 1000 companies, exhibited at the 16th CIC National Credit Conference, hosted by the Credit Institute of Canada (CIC). The conference was held June 9-12, 2015 at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City. The conference was attended by over 300 credit and AR professionals as they spent their time networking, engaging, and learning about the most current trends in the field.

HighRadius exhibited its end-to-end suite of Artificial Intelligence-powered technology solutions focused on driving efficiency into business processes in the accounts receivable and payments functions. In a special announcement, HighRadius announced the launch of ‘The Best Minds in A/R’ contest at the conference. Over 100 credit, AR, and finance professionals and senior executives visited the HighRadius booth as they submitted their entries and ideas about the future of accounting and finance operations. Delegates also received a preview of the latest HighRadius products and technologies.

“We are amazed by how dramatically the technology on display can positively impact the efficiency of finance and accounting operations. Automation is definitely going to be a key enabler for business and I am keen to learn more,” noted a credit supervisor with a large apparel manufacturer after visiting the HighRadius exhibit. “It has been a great experience interacting with professionals from all over Canada who are looking to bring improvements in existing systems and practices,” said Jay Tchakarov, AVP, Product Management at HighRadius. “We are exhilarated by the resounding acceptance of Artificial Intelligence in automating manual tasks and refocusing resource on high-impact decision making.”

To learn more about HighRadius and the benefits of credit and AR automation, visit http://www.HighRadius.com.

About HighRadius:

HighRadius provides Financial Supply Chain Management (FSCM) software solutions to optimize receivables and payments functions such as credit, collections, cash application, deductions and eBilling. HighRadius Receivables OnDemand & Payments OnDemand solution suites are delivered as software-as-a-service in the cloud to automate the entire credit-to-cash cycle. HighRadius certified Accelerators for SAP Receivables Management enables large enterprises to achieve advanced business transformation initiatives and leverage their SAP investments with lower TCO. HighRadius solutions have a proven track record of reducing days sales outstanding (DSO), bad debit and increasing operation efficiency enabling companies to achieve an ROI in few months. For more information please visit http://www.highradius.com.

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