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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!!