Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is a human rights movement disguised as a coffee shop, where people with intellectual & developmental disabilities are valued in the workplace. It’s a place where diversity isn’t just appreciated, it’s celebrated. Bitty & Beau’s Coffee proudly employs 400+ individuals with disabilities nationwide.
A Fresh Idea
Amy & Ben Wright are the proud parents of four children — Lillie, Emma Grace, Beau and Bitty. Lillie was born with autism, and Bitty & Beau were born with Down syndrome.
After learning over 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are unemployed nationwide, the Wrights decided to create a place where people with disabilities are valued & given opportunity for meaningful work. The model? A coffee shop, with an unforgettable staff that changes the way people see other people.
The original shop opened January 2016 in Wilmington, NC. It employed 19 individuals with disabilities.
Expanding Our Impact
Through the power of social media, national coverage, and incredible community support, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee has grown to 18 shops across 11 states with 400+ employees.
Bitty & Beau’s Coffee has gained 650,000+ followers across social media platforms, featured on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, CNN, Harry, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, HLN, People Magazine and Southern Living Magazine. Founder, Amy Wright, was named 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.
A Human Rights Movement
Having a job gives great purpose & immeasurable value to people with disabilities. The radically inclusive model of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee inspires customers to intentionally include people with disabilities in their own life – whether it be at school, at work, or in their social circles.
“What started as an idea in the shower has become our life’s work and our legacy. We sincerely hope that others will choose to join us. The business world is uniquely positioned to help people with disabilities find meaning, create value, and connect with their communities through work.”
-Amy Wright, Co-Founder