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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Health, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: nonPareil Institute is dedicated to providing technical training, employment and housing to individuals who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We hope to one day be partially self-sustaining from the products our Crew build and market.

Results: Since opening our doors in 2010, more than 360 adults with autism have received training at nonPareil Institute. We have used their natural enthusiasm for technology as a platform for developing vocational and social skills for increased independence. To-date, nonPareil has hired 58 adults with autism (most part-time, some full-time). For many this was their first job. Some have found part-time work while still training at nonPareil, while others have left nonPareil to join the workforce on a part-time or full-time basis. While training at nonPareil, some adults with autism have taken the important step of moving into an apartment and away from their parents' home for the first time. Others have mastered such steps towards independence as learning to drive or mastering the use of public transit. Most importantly, all have found acceptance - a place where autism is understood and growth towards fulfilled adult living is encouraged.

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

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Our grandson has been a trainee at nonpareil for three years. For the past year, he has been transitioning into a teaching role as an assistant instructor; he hopes to grow in his teaching work in the future. nonpareil has offered him training and work in an area where he has competence and high interest (computer based game development). It is changing his life. He is an intelligent and sweet young man, and nonpareil is offering him a future than here-to-fore he has not had. It is a great program.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has become an independent, mature, self-assured adult with high hopes for his future. At nonPareil, those on the autism spectrum are supported so that they can meet the high expectations of being a crew member. We need this organization which sees autism as an opportunity, not a handicap.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My son is on the autism spectrum. We have worked for years to find a program that will provide him with a meaningful life experience. After 18 months in another program where he assembled cardboard boxes and screwed lids on syrup bottles we had the good fortune to come across nonPareill by accident.
He is now in the initial period but enjoys the program.

Although he says it is "hard" we are very pleased that he finally is being challanged to reach new levels of knowledge. I hope others can benefit from the program as we feel we have.