Many people with special needs find it hard to get a job because most of the companies don’t want to emloy them. It was the same fo Michael Coyne. Michael started looking for a job when he was 21 years old, but he had no luck.
Michael’s mother Sheila Coyne told ABC6 that it was hard to see her autistic son get rejected repeatedly in his job search. She suggested to him that he take a different path in life. That’s when Michael began taking business classes that were provided by a state-funded program for disabled people.
Shortly after completing his course work, he was running a coffee shop of his own. Coyne says that the business is booming. “It’s been fun,” he told ABC6.
The store has a Facebook page that describes the mission of the business. “We are a family owned coffee shop serving up more than a cup of coffee. We employ people with developmental disabilities, encourage community engagement, and change the way the world sees those with disabilities.”
People have left positive reviews on the company’s Facebook page praising the service they have received at the coffee shop. They also acknowledge the outstanding work that the family has done in succeeding with their business and in the transformative message their company has conveyed.
Families who have children with disabilities have found the place to be a friendly spot to visit in their community. As Sheila Coyne told ABC6, parents have come to the store with tearful joy at the success that Michael has had with his coffee shop, and they have renewed hope that their own disabled children will find success in their careers as well.
The shop also features a section called Budding Violet where crafts made by disabled people are sold. The coffee shop is open seven days a week in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.
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