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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 attended nonPareil. NonPareil is so wonderful, I just can't say enough good things about them. The staff is caring and understanding. They understand our kiddos. My son isn't independant enough for their program right now. I am hoping and praying that as they grow, they will have a program that will work for him. Our kids need a future and nonPareil gives them a future. Thank you for all you do!!

Courtney22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

nonpareil is such a unique place and we love having our son be a part of it. It's more than just learning about computer coding and writing software. There is also social interaction between the members that we have seldom seen in our son previously with others of his own peer group. It is our hope that nonpareil will continue to grow and be able to fulfill the plans they have. They are impressive!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son is a student at nonPareil Institute where he is learning about game design and 3D modeling. He has found an organization that appreciates him for who he is, helps him use his strengths, and lovingly encourages him to expand his knowledge and expertise so that he can have a career one day. Our son feels accepted & valued in a way that he never has before. nonPareil is an answer to our prayers. The cofounders, Dan & Gary, and the staff, are so dedicated and have such big hearts. They are doing God's work with these students!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, age 19, has Asperger's and high school was an awful experience for him, yet we worried what he would do afterwards. Finding nonPareil has been a blessing. Not only is our son happy, he feels he belongs and has thrived in this environment. The staff truly understands these kids. My son is more articulate than he has ever been, partly I believe because he is not stressed and doesn't feel riduculed when he makes a mistake. This is a place that needs to be checked out by anyone with a loved one on the Autism/Asperger's spectrum.

Carol84

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Adam was getting to the age where we needed find the next step for him after high school. Adam being PDD *high functioning austism needed to be challenged and no ordinary program would do. At the this time Adam was in a program called the Transition Learning Center in Garland Texas part of the GISD. His teacher Mrs. Advance found this wonderful non profit program on the SMU campus in Plano Texas and was excited to tell us about it! We were excited too once we went to visit. It was a place that Adam would finally fit in and be challenged to use his gifts that have grown in him since birth. This was an answer to our prayers! Adam loves going and learning and working and now teaching others who don't know as much as he does at nonPariel. Adam has come a long way and we owe it all to this amazing place called nonPariel Institute! The students learn all the aspects of producing a video game from artwork to modeling to code! Adam wouldn't leave this program now if you paid him too! We are so happy for him! Carol & Brian Jeffreys of Sachse Texas

Gregory W.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a adult on the spectrum. I volunteer to. Share. My experience , strength, and hope to the students.

Jeff50

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son who is on the spectrum with Aspergers enjoys his time away from home learning and training on video game applications. This is what he has wanted to do for several years now. We finally found a place that accepts people as they are and makes no judgements. They take the time to help, teach, and encourage those on the spectrum to become valuable members of society. They help give them a purpose in life, and help them reach for the stars. Thank you for all you do.

Leonard G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the program at nonPareil to better my skills in computer programming. I have never regretted the decision. Through their help, I have gained a lot of practical knowledge to help me in my career. I would recommend them to anyone who was a programmer trying to develop themselves.

1 Mark76

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking at very few options for our daughter with autism once she graduated from high school. In fact, the options that were shown to us basically set her future as a minimum wage earner with little chance of growth. We knew she was very talented with art and computers but the local grocery store (which was one of the options) just doesn't offer a program that utilizes those talents and the college's had no way of dealing with a person with autism. The future did not look bright until we discovered nonPareil Institute. The fit for our daughter is unbelievable, she has already completed one phase of training and has entered her art training which is what she wants to do. I truly believe the skills she will obtain will enable her to compete with anyone in the app development space. The staff is amazing, from the CEO to the volunteers, everyone at nonPareil has a genuine love for what they are doing and who they are serving. Thanks to God for blessing our lives with this incredible company.

Judy60

Client Served

Rating: 5

Non Pareil is an incredible institute that gives Autistim Spectrum and Aspergers Syndrome adults an opportunity to learn in the field of technology to help them become more independent. It gives them an environment that sets them up to be more productive in a setting that understands their spectrum. My son is 28 with high functioning autism. We have toured NP and are on the waitlist at present. We are looking forward to the opportunity that awaits for Justin to attend. We are so impressed at the progress these students have made!