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
My son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 23 after failing college, finishing an EET associates degree,getting a fine job and being asked to leave after the training period ended. He was never told why he was asked to resign. He then spent three years in his room, coming out to eat, shop and perhaps see friends once or twice a year. He lived on the computer. Through the help of a counselor we discovered nonPareil. He was accepted one year ago. His life has completely changed. He has moved to Texas. After 6 months he took over his own finances, paying the bills. Within four months of his starting he became a student-instructor. He is now renting a house with a fellow student, looking forward to a lifetime career, instructing three different courses, and has friends and a social life that was unimaginable just one year ago. The staff at nonPareil have made a new man out of him and there are no words to adequately explain our joy at his new, productive life; and for his happiness.