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nonPareil Institute

Rating: 4.98 stars   103 reviews 8,465

Address:

5240 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 105 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:

Since opening our doors in 2010, more than 360 adults with autism have received training at nonPareil Institute. We have used their natural enthusiasm for technology as a platform for developing vocational and social skills for increased independence. To-date, nonPareil has hired 58 adults with autism (most part-time, some full-time). For many this was their first job. Some have found part-time work while still training at nonPareil, while others have left nonPareil to join the workforce on a part-time or full-time basis. While training at nonPareil, some adults with autism have taken the important step of moving into an apartment and away from their parents' home for the first time. Others have mastered such steps towards independence as learning to drive or mastering the use of public transit. Most importantly, all have found acceptance - a place where autism is understood and growth towards fulfilled adult living is encouraged.

Target demographics:

adults with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder

Direct beneficiaries per year:

more than 200 adults with autism!

Geographic areas served:

the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston markets

Programs:

technical, vocational and social skills training in order to help them lead fulfilled lives

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our son is 22 with HFA. nonPareil gives him a place to fit in, to interact with others, to LEARN how to work in a team. He has been a crew member for several years and has almost completed the programming courses, so we are excited to see how he does when he is able to join a Team Game Project. The vision of harnessing and highlighting these young peoples' talents, while providing training and life skills, is just awesome.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

nonPareil Institute provides a loving, safe and structured environment for adults on the autism spectrum to reach their full potential. My son has grown so much under the guidance and training provided by the staff and crew.

Meredith Burke

 
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My son attends nonPareil Institute. He has high functioning autism. nPI gives Daniel the opportunity to train in gaming app development. He would not be qualified to train elsewhere. nPI is flexible with Daniel's need for accommodations. He receives one-on-one attention from the exellent staff. Improvements need to be more staff, more space, more hardware, more donations.

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

More donations in order to expand their exellent services!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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My son, Daniel, is nearly 21 years old. He was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Daniel is smart, but his talents can't be realized in real-world work situations. NonPareil provides an opportunity for Daniel to be productive part of society and to learn new skills. Daniel is on the waiting list at nonPareil and he and his parents are very excited about this opportunity. NonPareil needs your support to reach more people on the autism spectrum. Please donate your time or money to increase the impact of nonPareil on the growing number of adults on the autism spectrum!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

My neighbor attends nonpareil and loves it. She has a place to go to work and non be judged. I think it's just awesome.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have 2 sons who are at nonPareil. One started in 2010 and the other in 2015. nonPareil is an incredible place. It is welcoming to those on the autism spectrum and the program is designed to let them use their talents and abilities to produce fantastic work. The benefits of this program are far beyond the computer games and phone apps. The community and environment where autistic people are accepted and understood can be a life altering experience for many of these young adults. They learn skills, turn around and use those skills to produce things they enjoy, mentor others, make friends, and start to have lives they never imagined. I have had so many parents ask me about nonPareil and feel blessed that my sons are involved in the program.

 
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5 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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3 people found this review helpful

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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4 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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What an outstanding team of compassionate people! Gary and Dan have created something I don't believe anyone could have envisioned before non-Pareil. They have created solutions to an enormous question, they have created a safe haven and atmosphere for these wonderfully gifted people to work and grow and build self esteem and I'm sure overwhelming sense of accomplishment, they have created hope. It has been a long journey for you all I'm sure but what an amazing thing you are doing!

 
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My son has been a crew member for 3 years! He has grown so much and feels accepted and comfortable here! His Thanksgiving comment this year was "I am thankful for nonPareil for helping me with my autism!" First time we heard him say he had autism!!

 
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My son has been a crewmember at nonPareil for 6 years, and I have been a volunteer for nonPareil for the same period of time. This organization is life-changing. It gives my son purpose; it gives my son friendships; it gives my son a community of his very own. Luv ya, nonPareil!

 
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nonPareil Institute is changing lives every day. It is much more than just a technology company. The adults with autism at nonPareil learn to work together. They learn to be supportive of one another. They learn a sense of community. And they carry that enhanced understanding with them into the world beyond nonPareil. It changes their relationships with their families, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers.

My son said about nonPareil, "Thank you for changing my life." That is exactly what it has done. I've heard many other families say the same. I can't wait until we have the level of game sales and donations support to take this program national. I am so proud to be a part of it.

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

With more donations, we can expand to other cities. That will create opportunities for more adults with autism and also increase brand awareness to sell the apps, e-books, and video games produced by these awesome adults!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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"Thank you for changing my life." Those are the words of my son to the founders of nonPareil Institute. nonPareil truly changes lives. Up to 90% of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed, with no hope for a fulfilling life. nonPareil works with these adults in their sweet spot, technology. They become valued members of teams where they can contribute to software projects as well as help one another. A great organization that is making a true difference in this world. I'm passionate enough to be a full-time volunteer. I believe in this cause.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Within the first few minutes of sitting in a movie theater in Lubbock, Texas watching "Programming Hope," I had no doubt that nonPareil was a game-changer. Two men with a vision and the determination to provide a life for their sons on the autism spectrum, with the help of an incredible staff, have found an innovative way to address the question that all parents eventually ask regarding their kids with autism: "What happens after high school?" While this technology company trains its crew members in the skills necessary to develop games and apps, there is so much more below the surface that I had to see for myself to believe. When walking through the halls of nonPareil, I saw individuals with autism interacting, socializing with their peers, smiling, laughing, and just generally loving life! The supportive environment and staff at nP, coupled with freedom from the anxiety of "not being like everyone else" has allowed those who attend to thrive not only academically but also socially. Crew members not only gain skills useful for meaningful employment, but they learn the skills necessary for a fulfilling LIFE. Speaking as a professional in the field working with individuals with Autism, as well as a parent to a child on the spectrum, nonPareil is truly changing lives. While I have always seen great potential in my son and in all of the individuals that I serve, I can now say that the future is looking so much brighter with nonPareil on the horizon. Thank you, Gary and Dan, for stepping out in faith to make the vision of so many a reality.

 
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My son currently attends Nonpareil Institute. For the first time ever, he loves learning. Recently, he was ill and had to miss class. For the first time ever, he was upset about missing school! He desperately wanted to attend his classes! As his mom, it made my heart so happy that he has found his educational home. The program at Nonpareil has been a blessing for our whole family. The staff is a blessing! The communication, the care, the concern, and the overwhelming support makes this the best environment for our son and for us. Nonpareil is the BEST!! We are thankful to have found them.
The curriculum is fantastic. Our son loves the classes and the one-on-one connections and instruction. He has learned so much and talks about it constantly. It is fantastic!!!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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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