When Michael Coyne of Rhode Island athlete with autism, had hardship finding job in his hometown, So he started his very own business to help others like him. Michael started a Red, White & Brew — a coffee shop in North Smithfield, R.I. The café started in November after Michael contend to find a job of his own hometown according to People.
“After I turned 21, I applied to multiple job. And None of them would hire me,” Michael, who also lives with (ADHD) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder, told the outlet. Using the disavowal as challange, Michael enrolled in business classes through the state’s Developmental Disabilities Council. Upon completion, Michael and his mother Sheila Coyne set up the business so that it could include those with special needs just like him.
“As parents, we look at our children and feel proud see the value,” Sheila said. “We see what they are capable of, instead of the system that’s consistently labeling them and putting barriers on them .” “What I liked about the coffee shop idea is the community. We learn on both sides,” she continued. “We teach people, ‘Yeah, he has a autism, but look what he’s doing. And he’s out in the society getting his social skills better.’”
Michael said she hopes to create an incorporate atmosphere with his business, hiring more employees with and without special needs in the future. His mother also says that she believes making small adjustments to common business practices — such as having a point of sale system with a barcode scanner or a milk steamer that personally shuts off — that will be an immense help to their growing staff.
Sheila told local newspaper The Valley Breeze. Red, and White Brew is also conjoinly to a craft store Budding Violet, which sells products that are homemade by people with special needs. Though the coffee shop has only been opened for a few weeks, it has already become popular a haven for families who have children with developmental struggles, Michael told WPRI-TV.
“It’s just a illumination of hope for people with disabilities,” she said. “We’ve had parents come in with tears in their eyes with the hopeon their face that their young children will eventually be accepted into the community,” Sheila added. The Coynes hope their business model will help those with special needs who may also be struggling to find job in the city, as well as send a message to the individuals with special needs are hardworking people.
“We just want to integrate,” Michael said. In addition to serving beverages made with locally roasted coffee beans, Red, White & Brew also sell muffins, pastries and calzones, according to the shop’s Social Media page.