NONPAREIL INSTITUTE

Rating: 4.98 stars   82 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Job Training, Human Services

Location: 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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This institute was truly an answer to many prayers for our grandson. The time had come for this young man to find his own way in the world, but how to do that without the necessary skills. At a time in life when the world should be opening, it seemed to be closing. Everyone who knows this fine young man,
tried to offer countless alternatives to the normal educational paths. And then his mother saw a local news program about nonPareil.
In every possible respect, this is the ultimate placement for him. He is offered a safe, nurturing environment where he is learning skills that he can use later in life, grow in independence and pride in his own abilities. We hope this institute can grow and offer this experience to more young adults with learning and working challenges
Cathie R.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

A life changing, personal, and inspiring place to see. Take a tour and see what Dan's vision is for our adult children with Autism. We want our children to have a job, a place to live and acceptance. My child has been at NP for over a year and he is a happy person who calls going to NP his work. My son is bright, but like many autistic individuals lack social skills. Here they learn how to work as a team, and create something that makes them feel good about themselves. As a parent this is the world to me, I was so upset when he was out of school; what do I do now? My son deserves the same life as any other person and thanks to NP I know my son is at a place where he can grow, live and be part of something wonderful. Please donate to this great program; you can make the life brighter for a person who just needs a different structured enviorment, God knows it changed our lives for the better. I know my son will be fine, Thank You NP you are an answer to my prayers, God bless nonpareil.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is perfect, but we need donors so we can expand and help more adults with autism become functioning members of society.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I met Gary Moore 4 years ago when he interviewed my then 18 year old grandson with Autism. My grandson, husband and I were so impressed with nonPareil and my grandson desperately wanted to attend. Sadly his parents would not agree and moved to Florida. I am still in contact and support nP as I still hold out hope that some day my grandson will be able to attend as well as for the other young men and women. The hope and personal attention given to each student is truly inspiring and give these young people a chance at a future they would otherwise never have. nonPareil is truly a place without compare. Darlene S. Taylor-Thompson, M.D.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make one available in every city as wonderful as this one!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I was amazed at the depth of work the people at nonPareil were producing. This not a daycare posing as a workplace for persons on the Autsim spectrum. Real skills, real interactions, real cooperation are being emphasised and developed along with the software. The use of peers as trainers is genuis!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it, though I know this is in the works!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son with Asperger's went away to college for three years, but gave up 5 classes shy of an Associate's degree, came home, and threw in the towel. After 1-1/2 years at a 6-hour-a-week menial job, we felt lost, with no idea where to turn. it was then that divine intervention led us to Dan, Gary, and nonPareil. As he'd been away to college, drove "enough" to be self-sufficient, worked successfully, and showed passion on a Skype interview, we were offered a tour, and ultimately a three-month trial. Nine months later, Our 24-year-old son is living his dream of learning to build video games, and living INDEPENDENTLY! This opportunity has given him his life, the chance to live the dreams he's always had, and we are allowed to see him grow, mature, and build his OWN amazing life, yet be here when a little help is needed. I cannot even share this last year without a lump in my throat, a tear in my eye, and never-ending thanks to Gary and Dan for changing not only our son's life, but the future of our entire family. Our hearts will never stop overflowing with gratitude. :-) NonPareil is changing the world for these young adults. We are so blessed and honored to be a part of it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them unending funds to help many more who are waiting to join this amazing program.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our grandson has been a trainee at nonpareil for three years. For the past year, he has been transitioning into a teaching role as an assistant instructor; he hopes to grow in his teaching work in the future. nonpareil has offered him training and work in an area where he has competence and high interest (computer based game development). It is changing his life. He is an intelligent and sweet young man, and nonpareil is offering him a future than here-to-fore he has not had. It is a great program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them more. If we can do more to help Dan and Gary with the program, they only need ask.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our son has become an independent, mature, self-assured adult with high hopes for his future. At nonPareil, those on the autism spectrum are supported so that they can meet the high expectations of being a crew member. We need this organization which sees autism as an opportunity, not a handicap.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son is on the autism spectrum. We have worked for years to find a program that will provide him with a meaningful life experience. After 18 months in another program where he assembled cardboard boxes and screwed lids on syrup bottles we had the good fortune to come across nonPareill by accident.
He is now in the initial period but enjoys the program.

Although he says it is "hard" we are very pleased that he finally is being challanged to reach new levels of knowledge. I hope others can benefit from the program as we feel we have.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it to other cities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter Chloe is on the Autism spectrum. After high school, she's tried community colleges and volunteerEd in different organizations. But it has always been about finding things for her to do just to fill her time, but we always thought she was either not being instructed the "right" way or she was simply not being challenged intellectually. I always believed Chloe can learn just about anything if she was taught the right way. But we never found any place that can be both warm, understanding, and intellectually challenging. Until we learnt about nonPareil and was lucky enough to be offered a place.

What NonPareil offers is nothing short of life changing. Chloe is thoroughly enjoying her time spent there so much that she wants to go there even on those days that she doesn't have a lesson--- just so she can work in the computer lab on her own! She loves the instructions and she loves the entire staff.

I believe nonpareil should be in every city and in every country. There are simply no enough places for these smart but different young adults to learn and grow. We considered ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to have Chloe in there. I am praying and hoping that nonPareil gets the recognitions it deserves, and I hope it can expand to many parts in the country and in the world. This organization is truly a blessing to all it's crew members and families.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Knowing that our son was not ready for college, we were fortunate to hear about nonPareil Institute just before he graduated from high school, at a time when we were unsure of what the future held for him. He's been a crew member now for almost a year and I can say it's been one of the best things we could have hoped for him. He's very high functioning, but needed a way to channel the knowledge of the things he's passionate about (computers and video gaming) into a way to eventually make a living from it. nonPareil is giving him this instruction he needs to do this. He's always wanted to work in the video gaming industry, so hopefully the skills he's learning will allow him that opportunity one day. He loves that he's learning at his own pace, without the pressure that would be expected in college (as was his struggle all through elementary, middle and high school). I can honestly say that nonPareil has been a true Godsend for us and the vision that Gary and Dan have will ensure that those on the Autism Spectrum will be able to lead fulfilling lives and truly live up to the magnificent potential that is within each of them. I'm hoping to see all of nonPareil's expansion dreams come true. It would mean so much to so many more people. nonPareil Institute is one of the most OUTSTANDING organizations to come along in a very long time!! Thank you, Gary and Dan for being such visionaries!

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son is just finishing his 30 day evaluation period at nonPareil and from the moment we heard about nP we were incredibly impressed and excited to have this opportunity for our son and everything we've seen firsthand has only impressed us that much more. The entire staff is committed to the success of each and every member. I hope and pray that Dan, Gary and everyone involved with nonPareil are able to see their vision for the future (their expansion plans) carried out. I am so very thankful that we found out about nonPareil and my son has the opportunity to be a part of this AMAZING program.

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2013

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