Developmentally Disabled Centers,
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
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.