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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 struggles with Asperger's syndrome. After graduating high school, he found it extraordinarily difficult to attend college or even find work. The nonPareil institute provides a place where he can learn valuable skills writing video games and interacting with others in a collaborative work environment. Traditional higher education could not provide this kind of training, experience and understanding. We see tremendous progress and expect that his experience at nonPareil will serve him well for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

For her entire life, our daughter wanted to create and develop video games. Her uniquenesses due to autism severely limited her options for career training in this field. nonPareil Institute offers, not only the training necessary for her career choice, but also a community of like-minded individuals searching to find their place in this world. She has grown professionally and, more importantly, personally into a more confident person now living independently of family and flourishing because of the people surrounding her providing instruction and support. Thank you, nonPareil!

Dalynn M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attended nonPareil since August of 2011. He finally has a place where he belongs! He is learning valuable skills in an industry he is enthusiastic about. Every crew member, staff member and instructor works to help autistic adults reach his or her full potential. nonPareil's high tech training and potential for future employment (for the crew members) is unparalleled. For our son, equally important, is the opportunity to make acquaintances and friendships with others that share his interests. We had a birthday party at our house over the summer and for the first time since he was very young, our son had a "full house" of friends that attended his party!! That was very special for him and our whole family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing opportunity for a very rewarding career for young adults on the autism spectum. My son attends this institute and really is learning a skill that has real marketable value. The staff is so supportive and wants everyone to succeed at what they do best no matter their level on the spectrum.

Client Served

Rating: 5

nonPareil is a dream come true for my son who is a young adult on the autism spectrum. nonPareil is giving my son a chance at a career, a life of his own where he can make a living doing something he truly loves. Since starting at nonPareil a year ago my son went from a loner who hardly talked to anyone to an outgoing lively adult that feels good about himself. He now has a sense of complishment now that I have never seen in him before. He is happy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NonPareil has been a Godsend for our grandson. When faced with what happens after high school, there wasn't much choice untill his parents heard about and contacted NonPareil. Now there is hope that one day he can lead a happy and productive life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The management team understands how to capitalize on the strengths people with autism have. They are showing others what is possible and how to make it happen.

Donor

Rating: 5

As it is clear there is a significant increase in the incidence and diagnosis of people on the spectrum now estimated at 1 in 88, there needs to be a meaningful way of providing opportunity, training and community to those less capable of functioning in the economy as it is currently presented to the working population.
NP has addressed every aspect of the problem with a solution that provides education beyond high school and even college, provides the environment where the students are comfortable learning new skills, and provides a community where both the educators and students recognize the special nature of the services provided. They are motivated every day to make a difference in their own lives and of those around them.
The model is designed to be self sustaining in the long term, and for that reason alone is worthy of support. It requires assistance in building this vision in its formative years, however may be one of very few organizations that addresses the need to provide training and an environment that will support future programs. These programs will add to the community and economy as well as provide a broader solution that can continue to grow and provide this valuable opportunity to many more individuals on the spectrum.
This is a unique and powerful statement by an organization that accesses talent that is otherwise denied to the community, and denied to the individual the opportunity to express that latent talent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Asperger's kid struggled through middle-school and high school was not looking hopeful. When ninth grade hit, that big question mark that looms over the heads of all parents with Aspie kids hit my head, "After high-school, what ?". I read NonPareil in our local paper. I called that same day. The director himself spoke to me and I was so relieved. I had no explaining to do, because Mr. Moore new exactly what my concerns were and how to address each one. I have stayed in touch with NonPareil ever since then. My kid graduates next year... and my question mark has floated away.

Donor

Rating: 5

My son started at nonPareil in May 2011, and has found the perfect learning and working environment that accommodates his social differences. The nonPareil Staff are terrific with the crew members. With donors assistance, nP has been able to build sound proof training rooms for those crew members that are sensitive to sound. My son absolutely enjoys getting up in the morning to go to nP for training and communing with his fellow crew members.