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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

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!!

2 Christy.Chapman

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Within the first few minutes of sitting in a movie theater in Lubbock, Texas watching "Programming Hope," I had no doubt that nonPareil was a game-changer. Two men with a vision and the determination to provide a life for their sons on the autism spectrum, with the help of an incredible staff, have found an innovative way to address the question that all parents eventually ask regarding their kids with autism: "What happens after high school?" While this technology company trains its crew members in the skills necessary to develop games and apps, there is so much more below the surface that I had to see for myself to believe. When walking through the halls of nonPareil, I saw individuals with autism interacting, socializing with their peers, smiling, laughing, and just generally loving life! The supportive environment and staff at nP, coupled with freedom from the anxiety of "not being like everyone else" has allowed those who attend to thrive not only academically but also socially. Crew members not only gain skills useful for meaningful employment, but they learn the skills necessary for a fulfilling LIFE. Speaking as a professional in the field working with individuals with Autism, as well as a parent to a child on the spectrum, nonPareil is truly changing lives. While I have always seen great potential in my son and in all of the individuals that I serve, I can now say that the future is looking so much brighter with nonPareil on the horizon. Thank you, Gary and Dan, for stepping out in faith to make the vision of so many a reality.

2 Meredith24

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son currently attends Nonpareil Institute. For the first time ever, he loves learning. Recently, he was ill and had to miss class. For the first time ever, he was upset about missing school! He desperately wanted to attend his classes! As his mom, it made my heart so happy that he has found his educational home. The program at Nonpareil has been a blessing for our whole family. The staff is a blessing! The communication, the care, the concern, and the overwhelming support makes this the best environment for our son and for us. Nonpareil is the BEST!! We are thankful to have found them.
The curriculum is fantastic. Our son loves the classes and the one-on-one connections and instruction. He has learned so much and talks about it constantly. It is fantastic!!!

3 Marilynne S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I think this is an amazing program that trains people with autism to create video games and other programs which they can sell. Gary Moore the Director is enthusiastic, creative and it shows in the work of the students. I run a center for people with disabilities myself and I know the work that it takes to make a program great and they have done just that. It is a must see to believe. You will be amazed.
Marilynne Serie

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been a crew member at nonPareil for a year and a half. It's an awesome program, and we are grateful for the caring staff and crew. We feel very blessed for him to have this opportunity to learn, grow, and work with others who accept him for the unique person that he is and who respect the talents that he has. As far as we are concerned, individuals "On the Spectrum" do not have a disability; they a DIFFERENT Ability. It's been a blessing to be a part of an organization that embraces these differences.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing educational institution that takes care of providing individualized instruction to a group of special and talented people. Really world-class with no equal. My daughter is part of that group and I'm proud of it!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been attending the Essentials program at nonPareil for several months. I enjoy being with such wonderful people. There is no place I would rather be. All the other places I have been to weren't the best placement for me. Before nonPareil, I felt as though people didn't understand me, so I tried isolating myself and it didn't work like I thought it would. I had a lot of trust issues, but then nonPareil helped me get over those issues. I now have a group of people I can trust. I still have trust issues, but I trust the people at nonPareil more than anyone else, the reason why is that we're all in the same community and we should all trust each other, that is what I believe in. Out of all the programs I've been to, this one is the most unique. I'd say this program is recommendable to any of my friends as long as they're willing to go. However, I do realize that nonPareil's not the best place for everybody, but it is the best place for people like me. NonPareil is the first organization I've been to that impacted my life in a positive way, because had I not found nonPareil, nothing would have ever changed for me. I would've been stuck going to the same old boring programs every day and keep getting kicked out at the same time. With nonPareil, I know I won't get kicked out because we're all on the same side, and that's what matters most when it comes to building the future.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

October marks the end of my son's fourth year at nonPareil. He is teaching 3D graphics programming and studying animation, and is coding video games. His life has changed and so has he. nonPareil took him in when he was afraid for his future, and paralyzed by that fear. Most of us with children on the spectrum know exactly what I mean. When we visited nonPareil he said very little, but when we got home he started packing up his things. He had not been accepted into the program yet. I asked him what he was doing, and he said "I'm going there." "There" was 1500 miles from our home in Pa. He suffered through the next two months, waiting in desperate hope for the call from Gary to tell him there was room for him now. He was ready to leave. He hadn't unpacked. Gary had told him he was going to be a member of the crew, and my son believed that he would keep his word. and Gary followed through. My son was 25 at the time. nonPareil is the answer to prayers yet unsaid, and to men and women without hope who will find that there is a place for them there, and quite possibly in the outside world as the crew members continue to grow and become . Love works miracles. Send them your love, your prayers and every extra dime you have. My child and all the crew are proving that nonPareil is also working miracles.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son is a "crew member" here. nonPareil provides a place to learn technical as well as social skills for a unique group of young adults who are very bright but struggle to fit in or succeed, otherwise.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending non-Pareil for almost two years. It has far exceeded my hopes and prayers. He has a diagnosis of Asperger's. This is the first place, in his 23 years of life, where he feels accepted, encouraged and is hopeful for his future. He loves to learn, and nP allows him to do so in an environment that he feels comfortable in. He is excelling not only in learning technology, but also with working as a team member, and believe me...that is huge! Being part of nP for my son has opened up his world bigger than I ever imagined. I am so thankful that Dan and Gary had the vision to start nP. I have been able to volunteer on occasion, and I know that every crew member there, and every parent loves being part of nP.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing for our family!! My son with autism has a wonderful place to attend after high school to further improve his skills. Many thanks to the great staff at nonPareil!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Keith Black, my son Alexander has Aspergers and goes to nonPareil. nonPareil is like no other place that we've have ever seen for young adults on the autistic spectrum. Dan Selec and Gary Moore have hearts of gold and an amazing ability to work with and relate to the students at many different levels of autistic impact. It is wonderful how they treat the "crew" members with such respect and truly see the intelligence and potential in each and every member. I challenge anyone reading this to try and find anything like this organization, it really is nonpareil.

4 Chloe5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi, this is Chloe, I am diagnosed with autism, I am unable to find a job, so I go to nonPareil four days per week and thank GOD, this program has changed my life and giving me a future.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Totally an AWESOME PLACE!!! We just moved to Texas from PA three months ago. Our son has attended Nonpareil Institute for about a month now and he absolutely LOVES IT!! It was so hard looking at what is going to come next with transitioning him out of high school and into the world. My husband came across an email at work that talked about Nonpareil and he shared it with me. We were currently living in PA and didn't know what would be best for our son with work/career choices. We knew he LOVED to do video games but where we lived at, there wasn't anywhere for him to grow that love of gaming where with his disabilities could thrive and succeed. When I decided to email and just inquire about Nonpareil I found out that they had a waiting list that was very long! With my husbands job constantly taking him to Texas at least monthly, we thought that we would someday consider possibly the move to Texas. We made an appointment with Nonpareil because we knew that we would be coming out to just look around at the area. After they had spoken with my son and myself for a bit they then had him try out a mock lesson. Let me tell you...When I opened that door to the office to meet them back at after his mock lesson and saw the ENORMOUS smile on his face, I was basically in tears. He LOVED the mock lesson so much and they said he did very well at it too! He couldn't stop smiling when we were there and even an hour after we left he was STILL smiling! So needless to say that confirmed to me that we needed to move to Texas and enroll our son there. Like ASAP!!! Awesome place!! Awesome staff!! Such a Blessing to us!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This institute was truly an answer to many prayers for our grandson. The time had come for this young man to find his own way in the world, but how to do that without the necessary skills. At a time in life when the world should be opening, it seemed to be closing. Everyone who knows this fine young man,
tried to offer countless alternatives to the normal educational paths. And then his mother saw a local news program about nonPareil.
In every possible respect, this is the ultimate placement for him. He is offered a safe, nurturing environment where he is learning skills that he can use later in life, grow in independence and pride in his own abilities. We hope this institute can grow and offer this experience to more young adults with learning and working challenges
Cathie R.

1 Joanne W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A life changing, personal, and inspiring place to see. Take a tour and see what Dan's vision is for our adult children with Autism. We want our children to have a job, a place to live and acceptance. My child has been at NP for over a year and he is a happy person who calls going to NP his work. My son is bright, but like many autistic individuals lack social skills. Here they learn how to work as a team, and create something that makes them feel good about themselves. As a parent this is the world to me, I was so upset when he was out of school; what do I do now? My son deserves the same life as any other person and thanks to NP I know my son is at a place where he can grow, live and be part of something wonderful. Please donate to this great program; you can make the life brighter for a person who just needs a different structured enviorment, God knows it changed our lives for the better. I know my son will be fine, Thank You NP you are an answer to my prayers, God bless nonpareil.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Gary Moore 4 years ago when he interviewed my then 18 year old grandson with Autism. My grandson, husband and I were so impressed with nonPareil and my grandson desperately wanted to attend. Sadly his parents would not agree and moved to Florida. I am still in contact and support nP as I still hold out hope that some day my grandson will be able to attend as well as for the other young men and women. The hope and personal attention given to each student is truly inspiring and give these young people a chance at a future they would otherwise never have. nonPareil is truly a place without compare. Darlene S. Taylor-Thompson, M.D.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was amazed at the depth of work the people at nonPareil were producing. This not a daycare posing as a workplace for persons on the Autsim spectrum. Real skills, real interactions, real cooperation are being emphasised and developed along with the software. The use of peers as trainers is genuis!

2 Diane107

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son with Asperger's went away to college for three years, but gave up 5 classes shy of an Associate's degree, came home, and threw in the towel. After 1-1/2 years at a 6-hour-a-week menial job, we felt lost, with no idea where to turn. it was then that divine intervention led us to Dan, Gary, and nonPareil. As he'd been away to college, drove "enough" to be self-sufficient, worked successfully, and showed passion on a Skype interview, we were offered a tour, and ultimately a three-month trial. Nine months later, Our 24-year-old son is living his dream of learning to build video games, and living INDEPENDENTLY! This opportunity has given him his life, the chance to live the dreams he's always had, and we are allowed to see him grow, mature, and build his OWN amazing life, yet be here when a little help is needed. I cannot even share this last year without a lump in my throat, a tear in my eye, and never-ending thanks to Gary and Dan for changing not only our son's life, but the future of our entire family. Our hearts will never stop overflowing with gratitude. :-) NonPareil is changing the world for these young adults. We are so blessed and honored to be a part of it!