Developmentally Disabled Centers,
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 23 year old son started with NonPareil this past year. He is very high functioning with Asperger's Sydnrome. NonPareil provides such a necessary outlet to instill purpose, fulfillment and a place of belonging to a group of hard-working, bright and sensitive young adults who otherwise are left struggling to find acceptance and success. We have been thrilled with NonPareil, and my son loves it there, and loves even more the road to independence that he is building for himself. I am very hopeful for the future of NonPareil and the possibilities ahead for this extraordinary non-profit.