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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

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

2 Debora G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an outstanding team of compassionate people! Gary and Dan have created something I don't believe anyone could have envisioned before non-Pareil. They have created solutions to an enormous question, they have created a safe haven and atmosphere for these wonderfully gifted people to work and grow and build self esteem and I'm sure overwhelming sense of accomplishment, they have created hope. It has been a long journey for you all I'm sure but what an amazing thing you are doing!

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!!