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Nonpareil Institute

Rating: 4.98 stars   94 reviews 7,626

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Job Training, Health, Human Services

Address:

5240 Tennyson Parkway Plano TX 75024 USA

Mission:

nonPareil Institute is dedicated to providing technical training, employment and housing to individuals who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We hope to one day be partially self-sustaining from the products our Crew build and market.

Results:

We have grown from 8 adults with autism to over 100 in just over two years! We provide technology training as well as the potential for jobs for adults with autism. We currently have 8 full-time and 12 part-time employees with autism.

Programs:

We train adults with autism in technology to create video games and apps for such platforms as the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think this is an amazing program that trains people with autism to create video games and other programs which they can sell. Gary Moore the Director is enthusiastic, creative and it shows in the work of the students. I run a center for people with disabilities myself and I know the work that it takes to make a program great and they have done just that. It is a must see to believe. You will be amazed.
Marilynne Serie

 
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3 people found this review helpful

My son started at nonPareil 5 years ago. It has been an amazing place for him. Now he has more friends than I can keep track of. He looks forward to going to nonPareil. Most importantly he has found a life where he can thrive, feel valued by his peers, and learn in an environment that is designed for people on the autism spectrum. To many parents that might not seem significant but for families with young adults with autism, it is incredible. nonPareil is marvelous for our family!

 
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My son didn't know what his future would be. He didn't have friends, didn't have places to go or things to do. That all changed when he started at nonPareil. At first he was a bit leery as it was all new -new place, doing new things, new people. Well, it didn't take long for him to feel accepted, comfortable and to love it. I could barely get the car in park before he was rushing to get in the door and get started. He was learning, he was making friends, he had a life. That might not sound like much to most parents of young adults but to parents of spectrum adults, it is huge. He is happy and confident. He enjoys what he doing. He has friends and makes plans to get together. For him, that is a monumental achievement. He is working on projects at his speed and he can share what he does with his peers. nonPareil has been a tremendous blessing to us!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

nonPareil offers life opportunity for growth, learning, friendship, and careers for people on the autism spectrum. It has made an incredible difference in my son's life. I have already recommended it to numerous families.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My son has been a crew member at nonPareil for a year and a half. It's an awesome program, and we are grateful for the caring staff and crew. We feel very blessed for him to have this opportunity to learn, grow, and work with others who accept him for the unique person that he is and who respect the talents that he has. As far as we are concerned, individuals "On the Spectrum" do not have a disability; they a DIFFERENT Ability. It's been a blessing to be a part of an organization that embraces these differences.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This is an amazing educational institution that takes care of providing individualized instruction to a group of special and talented people. Really world-class with no equal. My daughter is part of that group and I'm proud of it!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been attending the Essentials program at nonPareil for several months. I enjoy being with such wonderful people. There is no place I would rather be. All the other places I have been to weren't the best placement for me. Before nonPareil, I felt as though people didn't understand me, so I tried isolating myself and it didn't work like I thought it would. I had a lot of trust issues, but then nonPareil helped me get over those issues. I now have a group of people I can trust. I still have trust issues, but I trust the people at nonPareil more than anyone else, the reason why is that we're all in the same community and we should all trust each other, that is what I believe in. Out of all the programs I've been to, this one is the most unique. I'd say this program is recommendable to any of my friends as long as they're willing to go. However, I do realize that nonPareil's not the best place for everybody, but it is the best place for people like me. NonPareil is the first organization I've been to that impacted my life in a positive way, because had I not found nonPareil, nothing would have ever changed for me. I would've been stuck going to the same old boring programs every day and keep getting kicked out at the same time. With nonPareil, I know I won't get kicked out because we're all on the same side, and that's what matters most when it comes to building the future.

 
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October marks the end of my son's fourth year at nonPareil. He is teaching 3D graphics programming and studying animation, and is coding video games. His life has changed and so has he. nonPareil took him in when he was afraid for his future, and paralyzed by that fear. Most of us with children on the spectrum know exactly what I mean. When we visited nonPareil he said very little, but when we got home he started packing up his things. He had not been accepted into the program yet. I asked him what he was doing, and he said "I'm going there." "There" was 1500 miles from our home in Pa. He suffered through the next two months, waiting in desperate hope for the call from Gary to tell him there was room for him now. He was ready to leave. He hadn't unpacked. Gary had told him he was going to be a member of the crew, and my son believed that he would keep his word. and Gary followed through. My son was 25 at the time. nonPareil is the answer to prayers yet unsaid, and to men and women without hope who will find that there is a place for them there, and quite possibly in the outside world as the crew members continue to grow and become . Love works miracles. Send them your love, your prayers and every extra dime you have. My child and all the crew are proving that nonPareil is also working miracles.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Our son is a "crew member" here. nonPareil provides a place to learn technical as well as social skills for a unique group of young adults who are very bright but struggle to fit in or succeed, otherwise.

 
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My son has been attending non-Pareil for almost two years. It has far exceeded my hopes and prayers. He has a diagnosis of Asperger's. This is the first place, in his 23 years of life, where he feels accepted, encouraged and is hopeful for his future. He loves to learn, and nP allows him to do so in an environment that he feels comfortable in. He is excelling not only in learning technology, but also with working as a team member, and believe me...that is huge! Being part of nP for my son has opened up his world bigger than I ever imagined. I am so thankful that Dan and Gary had the vision to start nP. I have been able to volunteer on occasion, and I know that every crew member there, and every parent loves being part of nP.

 
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What a blessing for our family!! My son with autism has a wonderful place to attend after high school to further improve his skills. Many thanks to the great staff at nonPareil!!

 
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My name is Keith Black, my son Alexander has Aspergers and goes to nonPareil. nonPareil is like no other place that we've have ever seen for young adults on the autistic spectrum. Dan Selec and Gary Moore have hearts of gold and an amazing ability to work with and relate to the students at many different levels of autistic impact. It is wonderful how they treat the "crew" members with such respect and truly see the intelligence and potential in each and every member. I challenge anyone reading this to try and find anything like this organization, it really is nonpareil.

 
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