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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 building better futures for adults with autism.

Results: Since opening our doors in 2010, more than 400 adults with autism have received training at nonPareil Institute. We use their natural enthusiasm for technology as a platform for developing vocational and social skills for increased independence. nonPareil trains adults with autism to build technology products for the marketplace through courses in design, digital art, 3D modeling and coding. These adults, known as “Crew,” are guided by professional technology instructors from the video game and other industries. Crew experience how to develop and launch interactive technology such as applications and games in a professional environment where they hone their independence and teamwork abilities. Crew also develop invaluable life skills that not only complement their success within their individual technical skills training, but also improve overall sociability and adaptability with the world outside nonPareil.

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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending NonPareil for almost a year and absolutely loves it! The staff and administrators are nothing short of amazing! You can see they have a genuine love and concern for the Crew. I have been quite impressed with all the knowledge my son has learned and he enjoys telling me all about his work (most of it goes over my head). So blessed to be apart of NonPareil.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has recently been accepted at nonPareil-Houston, and we are anxious for him to begin this amazing new journey in his life where he will now be able to have a promising future. After spending a couple of hours with their compassionate and understanding staff, meeting Crew members who are being taught career and social skills, and touring the facility, we knew God had answered our prayers. If other companies recognized and valued the potential that people with ASD can bring to their organizations as nonPareil does, so many others would be able to realize their potential. Knowing that my son will spend his days learning in a place where people care about each other, understand that it is OK to be different, dreams are fulfilled, and your individual talents are recognized and valued, is so much more that we could have ever believed possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

nonPareil is an amazing organization with truly caring people. Our son has been at the Houston location since it opened. We have seen tremendous growth in him in his time there. Besides the technical curriculum they also have classes on the "soft skills" the crew members need in the real world. Feel truly blessed to be involved with this wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been at nonPariel for about 1 1/2 years. In that time, he has gone from spending most of his time playing video games to becoming involved with creating video games. He has gotten more than just video building skills, he has friends now for the first time in his life at the age of 27. He was hopeless and depressed before nonPariel. Now he sees a future and is learning more about himself and his abilities. Before nonPariel, I was told he was lazy and unmotivated. He now gets himself ready and to nonPariel for his classes on his own. He is developing skills he never would have been able to do without the guidance and understanding of the staff at nonPariel. They understand my son and how autism effects each student.
I have not, in my son's life, seen him so happy and welcomed. The staff at nonPariel are dedicated and focused on giving these very talented but misunderstood young men and women a family and a future.
My son is blossoming here! I don't know where we would be if not for nonPareil. This organization is in a class by itself. My wish would be for each autistic to experience nonPariel and the growth that comes with these caring folks.
They have provided technical skills, social skills and how to handle the work place environment. My son has decided to go with the artistic side to video game building, and has grown his blossoming talent. Others can go into coding, so the program is individualized.
NonPariel has been a life saver and future giver to my son and our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Non Pareil Houston is doing an awesome job with adults on the autism spectrum. They provide a safe place where these amazing individuals can receive training for computer related jobs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have a 24 year old son who is on the Autism spectrum. He is a new student at NonPareil and our experience has been wonderful! The training and the social environment are exactly what he needs.
The staff and teachers at NonPareil are outstanding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough good things about NonPareil Institute - an organization that truly understands the needs and requirements of young adults with autism spectrum disorders. They have taught my son valuable work, social and life skills that will enable him to become a productive and independent member of society. Because of NonPareil's unique and enriching environment, my son's confidence has soared and he feels proud of his achievements there and the daily contributions he is able to make to the nP community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we were unexpectedly transferred to Dallas, we didn't how our 20 year son, Chris, would adapt. Chris has Aspergers and had a lifetime of routines and friends at home that were suddenly displaced. He spent his first few months playing video games, literally, all the time. Then we found Non Pareil. Wow! We knew it was right the moment we walked in and started talking to the staff. Chris joined and has been a member for over 2 years now. He has blossomed! He has a sense of belonging he never had before. He feels needed. He's learning new things because he works with a team on planning, building, testing new games and concepts. He has a part time job, new friends, and can't wait to go to Non Pareil in the morning. We love this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a person on the spectrum it's nice to be at nonpareil. Before nonpareil I was 50% normal and had little to no friends, after being at nonpareil for over 3 years, I have tons of friends and now my social skills are at 95% normal. I loved working on Video games and graphics for them. To top it off, I feel valued, loved, and part of a team. Thank you nonpareil, for everything.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son is 19 and autistic. He's very smart, and graduated HS but the question becomes - now what? For parents of special needs kids, a constant fear is "what will happen when we are gone?" Praise God for Gary Moore and Dan Selec having the same thoughts, but caring enough to create nonPareil! This is an incredible opportunity for 18 and older people on the spectrum to learn game development, and also acquire social and life skills. For us, Plano was a bit too far - BUT we are now heavily involved in the efforts to expand nP into Austin!!

Vicki17

Client Served

Rating: 5

nonPareil has changed my son's life for the better. So exciting to see how adults with autism can bloom when given opportunities for success!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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1 moac

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place to belong. A place like no other. Where my son and others can use thier gifts towards a great purposeful life. No longer isolated or put into jobs based on your challenges rather than the skills that come so easily for you. There is much to learn and practice. If at first you accommodate the autism the individuality and the talents thrive and the world opens to a new adventure.

1 Nedra I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

nonPareil Institute is a dream come true to families dealing with autism. It offers training, friendship, comfort, and a new outlook on life for young adults on the autism spectrum. I have seen it with my son and so many others. They learn a new skill because it is presented in a manner that they understand.

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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 daughter began attending nonPareil almost 3 years ago. She has benefitted greatly from the kind instruction of the staff and from the skill building that has taken place. She has actually created a game that has been a great source of pleasure and appears to have market potential. She is now engaging more fully in social relationships and has greatly benefitted from a social skills group that she attends. My husband and I could not be more pleased as we have seen her confidence grow as a result of learning to use her aptitudes. nonPareil is a unique place for young adults who need a unique approach in order to thrive.

Donor

Rating: 5

My son started at nonPareil Institute in October 2010 and has since found his "place!" We tried other technical ventures for him, but he is very withdrawn and doesn't talk to others. But around the gentle instructors at the institute, he has come out of his shell and is thriving! He even has friends!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

nonPareil Institute is a remarkable program that benefits a population of the community that is vastly underserved. They have a vision for the future to help these individuals succeed and thrive! nonpareil helps people on the autism spectrum with work skills, social skills and gives them a sense of belonging. We are so grateful to the staff at nonpareil for the work that they do!

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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!

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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.

5 Meredith10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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3 Katie150

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.