nonPareil Institute- “A Night With The Stars” Gala
The Weeks Law Firm was a sponsor of the nonPareil Institute “A Night with the Stars” gala and auction on November 1, 2014.
The nonPareil Institute was created by Dan Selec and Gary Moore who both have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD.) Both parents were worried about their child’s future and whether there would be programs designed to help them in practical ways.
Dan and Gary noticed that both of their children were very fond of PCs and game consoles and many other people with ASD had a similar passion. Dan thought to himself, “What if this interest could be harnessed in the form of technical ability? What if there was an entirely new method of communication, expression and productivity that could be created?” They soon turned that vision into a reality.
In September 2008, they founded the nonPareil Institute, a program that provides training, employment and housing to individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dan started training the first students in his kitchen in July 2009 and it quickly grew. Eventually, in 2010, they opened the first full-time nonPareil operation on the campus of SMU-Plano with 8 students which quickly grew to 52 in the first 8 months. The program now has over 130 active Crewmembers. As of October 2013, they have 5 apps in the iTunes store, and 4 in the Android store, as well as many free to play maps and campaigns for various popular games.
We salute the creativity and passion these parents brought to help their children tackle the challenge of living with ASD and we congratulate the Crewmembers for their hard work and dedication to the programs at the nonPareil Institute. You are an inspiration and we are proud to be sponsors of your organization.