NTX Magazine Volume 3 - Page 12

feature story nonpareil Institute Found opportunity Rachel Boles (center) along with co-founders Gary W. Moore (left) and Dan Selec. Moore and Selec opened the nonPareil Institute in 2010 to train and offer employment for adults with autism. son Caleb is on the autism spectrum, feels the same as many parents of children do – that their child has no equal. To serve their unique needs, Selec and his friend, co-founder and president Gary W. Moore, whose son, Andrew, also has autism, opened a hybrid institute-meets-tech-company in the building next to Guildhall at SMU-in-Plano in 2010 to train and offer employment opportunities for adults with autism who have an interest in the tech space. Crafted on Innovation A first-of-its-kind company, the nonPareil Institute is showing the world what North Texas innovation can do. Currently, there is a waiting list of 75 adults to gain acceptance into the institute and 500 more from across 10 the country and around the world who are seeking a spot on the waiting list. Families have relocated to the North Texas area to be able to offer this opportunity to their son or daughter with autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in 88 American children are on the autism spectrum. The disorder affects more than two million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Autism spectrum disorder and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors – all things that make it difficult for many individuals with autism to have a career in the professional world.