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.
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.
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.
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!
NONPARIEL INSTITUTE is a great organization that gives students/adults with autism opportunities to showcase their abilities in areas of interest and learn to be contributing citizens in their communities.
I have referred adult students the the program and seen great growth and success for them.
My son, Christian, attends this institute. We visited in Nov. 2012, then he was accepted in Feb. 2013. We are 100% committed to this group, as they are providing trainig for autistic individuals. Founded by men who have sons affected by ASD, training is hands on/computer generated. Need more like this, and they are looking to expand, so support them with funds so we can reach more people. The need is growing exponentially!
I am a special educator that also has a son with Asperger's, age 20. We attended the Open House in Plano, Texas and are in the process of enrolling in nonPareil/Spring 2013. I have been searching for a program that will provide training in the type of setting that will allow true learning (translate "hands-on"), versus "book learning" (written tests, chapter reading, etc.). The former will result in a person that can actually do something/hold a job, versus a piece of paper that indicates someone has completed courses, but still not able to actually perform work of any kind. This program is SO NEEDED, and will only become moreso as we see the number of Autism incidence change from 1 in 150 individuals, to present numbers of 1 in 88. Stay tuned for the next revision; if you don't know someone now with an Autistic child, you will soon.