In the United States, around eighty percent of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are unemployed.

Amy and Ben Wright watched their two youngest children, Bitty and Beau, grow up with that statistic in mind. Bitty and Beau both have Downs Syndrome, and their parents knew future work opportunities for them would be limited.

“When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, you think about their future,” Amy Wright says.

“We decided to start a coffee shop to address the unemployment issue. In the process we discovered that the real problem is a lack of connection to marginalized people that continues a social stigma around people with disabilities. A coffee shop is one way to change that.” Read More