My son started at nonPareil Institute in October 2010 and has since found his "place!" We tried other technical ventures for him, but he is very withdrawn and doesn't talk to others. But around the gentle instructors at the institute, he has come out of his shell and is thriving! He even has friends!!
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.
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.
nonPareil Institute is ONE OF A KIND! It is an organization where the talents of those diagnosed on the autistic spectrum can achieve their dreams. This non-profit offers a positive work and learning environment that caters to the special needs of those brilliant young adults who have been seeking an unique opportunity to take their gifts and apply them as a contribution to society. If you know someone, or are someone struggling with a young adult on the spectrum, the unfortunate realization is that after high school graduation the boundless opportunities available for the typical graduate are simply not an option for these individuals. nonPareil, like it's name, is second to none, surpassing all expectations as far as autism is concerned. The goal is to have enough support to build multiple campuses across the country. One location simply is not enough to fulfill the HUGE demand. My son has a purpose and passion for his future, which honestly, is an anomaly for most on the spectrum.
We love NonPareil! The work they do with adults on the austin spectrum is without equal. They not only find acceptance, but an incredible sense of accomplishment as they learn to work in a field they love. We are so anxious for our son to be accepted into this program... He is counting the days until he receives that call. My prayer is that more people hear about the amazing work they do and that they receive the funding they need to increase their availability.
I am a donor but my grandson is a student at nonPareil and I feel we are blessed to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. Eric because he has a future thanks to the hard work and dedication of the founders and staff. For my part I feel honored to contribute a small part to what I know will be the start of something wonderful for adults with autism. This concept is one that is long overdue and should lead to
changes in how training for young adults with limited capabilities is provided. The future of this country depends on creative ideas for those who do not fit into the main stream. They should be allowed to develop skills to enable them to be a productive part of our world.
This organization is a tremendous help to my son and others with Autism. It teaches people on the autism spectrum how to work in real jobs and gives them a great sense of accomplishment.
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.
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.