Dean said that in previous jobs 'I had no one my age to work with and no one to chat with and no customer service experience. I wouldn't change it for the world.'Despite the café's culture of inclusion and acceptance, there are still testing moments when customers underestimate the workers' abilities.Amy recalls a time where an employee was counting change at the register and a presumptive customer asked if she needed help.'It just takes a little bit more patience from parents and teachers to help them master some skills.' In January 2016, they opened a 500-square-feet coffee shop in Wilmington, North Carolina, that hired a staff of all intellectually and developmentally disabled employees. The Wrights were surprised to find a line around the block on opening day, a frenzy of social media success and a sponsorship by TV personality Rachael Ray.The business quickly expanded to a ten-times bigger location, 40 staff members with disabilities, and a new name: Bitty & Beau's.Chromosomes appear in almost every cell in the body and hold genetic code that determine traits like hair and eye color.
Online research taught them that Down syndrome manifests is various ways from delays in growth and motor skills to levels of intellectual disability.People with intellectual and development disabilities – such as Down syndrome, autism, and fetal alcohol syndrome – have an unemployment rate of 85 percent in the US.And so, last year, they decided to make the matter their passion project, by opening a cafe staffed exclusively by people with disabilities.Employees range between 18 and 50 years old and have different forms of disability. Amy said she knows why companies sideline disabled populations from the workplace.Today, more than ever, there is an emphasis on speed.