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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 240 adults with autism!

Geographic areas served: the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston markets; expanding to more cities soon!

Programs: technical, vocational and social skills training in order to help them lead fulfilled lives

Community Stories

131 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stephanie C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The nonPareil Institute does an amazing job of creating an empathetic, growth-focused environment where individual differences and strengths are celebrated and built upon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an incredible non profit that provides such a unique experience to adults with ASD. It is so clear that everyone involved is dedicated and truly loves what they do.

Mark T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended nonPareil for almost five years. In that time his skills as a digital artist have increased significantly, but even more importantly, his soft-skills and ability to work with other Crew members, Staff members, and everyone that he comes in contact with has seen a dramatic and positive increase. He has gained an increased sense of responsibility and self-worth. He works and trains with amazing Staff and has built a circle of friends with similar interests.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our son loves coming to "work" at nonPareil Institute. He gets up early everyday and even showers! He has found his place!

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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

Our son has found such a great community of friends and feels very accepted.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My adult son has Asperger's Syndrome and enjoys working in an environment that is accepting and flexible to his needs. I have great gratitude for nPI.

Bob N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son who is on the Autism Spectrum has been a Crew Member at nonPareil since February 2014. non Pareil has done wonders for my son, he has opened up, taken more responsibility for his daily life and handling situations presented to him. Not to mention the computer, writing and life skills training he is receiving. The crew and staff at nonPareil are top notch in their daily dealings with the Crew Members!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is not only learning skills to help him obtain employment, he is learning life skills. He has gained confidence in himself. He has participated in career building exercises, social events, and social skills building. When we didn't know where to go for him, we found nonPareil, and it has been a very good fit for him. They understand adults on the autism spectrum and accept him for who he is. The computer skills he is learning will help him get a full time job that can use his potential.

Nedra I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has years of experience with nonPareil. It is a wonderful organization that assists people on the autism spectrum develop technical skills. But beyond that the environment allows friendships that are the real treasure.

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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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Vicki17

Board Member

Rating: 5

nonPareil has changed my son's life. I am SO grateful for the caring staff and volunteers. He now has friends, feels involved in the community and has a place that feels like 'home'. Keep growing and positively changing lives of more people with autism, nonPareil!

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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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moac

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering on the nonPareil Institute Austin expansion team to help bring nP to Austin. The need for job skill training for adults with autism in Austin and in many cities around the US is huge! Our adults with autism are aging out of school and need meaningful training directed towards their strengths to help them become successful in all areas of their lives. NonPareil provides both technical training and life skill based training that is meaningful and productive while accommodating their unique needs.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.