Nonpareil Institute

Rating: 4.98 stars   94 reviews

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  

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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2 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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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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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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1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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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Totally an AWESOME PLACE!!! We just moved to Texas from PA three months ago. Our son has attended Nonpareil Institute for about a month now and he absolutely LOVES IT!! It was so hard looking at what is going to come next with transitioning him out of high school and into the world. My husband came across an email at work that talked about Nonpareil and he shared it with me. We were currently living in PA and didn't know what would be best for our son with work/career choices. We knew he LOVED to do video games but where we lived at, there wasn't anywhere for him to grow that love of gaming where with his disabilities could thrive and succeed. When I decided to email and just inquire about Nonpareil I found out that they had a waiting list that was very long! With my husbands job constantly taking him to Texas at least monthly, we thought that we would someday consider possibly the move to Texas. We made an appointment with Nonpareil because we knew that we would be coming out to just look around at the area. After they had spoken with my son and myself for a bit they then had him try out a mock lesson. Let me tell you...When I opened that door to the office to meet them back at after his mock lesson and saw the ENORMOUS smile on his face, I was basically in tears. He LOVED the mock lesson so much and they said he did very well at it too! He couldn't stop smiling when we were there and even an hour after we left he was STILL smiling! So needless to say that confirmed to me that we needed to move to Texas and enroll our son there. Like ASAP!!! Awesome place!! Awesome staff!! Such a Blessing to us!!!

 
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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

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?

2014

 
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