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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

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

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is just what our son NEEDED! He is 23 year old HFA and smart, yet never fit in until now. He has blossomed and continues to improve in every area of life. The instructors and those working with the crew are AWESOME! They work tirelessly and have a very hard job that is paying off in big dividends for our family and others. Please support this program so more young adults will have a place to learn and thrive!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Nedra I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 Laurie90

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

2 Meredith24

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.