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As a follow up to England’s The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, I ran across this tweet yesterday:

I got an anti-virus message warning me off the article in the tweet, but found the website for Amy Wright’s chain of shops, Bitty & Beau’s, named after the Wrights’ two children who have Down Syndrome. Their About page reads as follows:

Amy married “Mr. Wright” 25 years ago. They’re the proud parents of four children – the two youngest, Bitty & Beau, having Down syndrome – which makes them feel like the luckiest people on the planet. As advocates for the value, inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), the Wrights have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for their children and others living with IDD. The Wrights opened the original Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, January 2016 in Wilmington, NC.

How wonderful!

And the Wrights are not the only ones employing those with Down Syndrome — or other disabilities. The Mighty has a list of 27 establishments, including Bitty & Beau’s that do, too. Their article is most encouraging, and they would like to expand that list.

Some owners, like the Wrights, have Down Syndrome children. Other owners worked with the disabled earlier in their careers. Some owners have disabilities themselves.

Here are a few tweets from The Mighty‘s article. Most of their photos are from Instagram, so please take a few minutes to read about all 27 cafés and coffee shops.

Cause Café is in Fort Salonga, New York:

This is Dreamers Merchants Coffee Company, an online business:

Here’s Point Perk in Covington, Kentucky:

Maximum credit goes to George Augstell, who has Down Syndrome himself and owns his own establishment in Niagara Falls, New York (emphasis in the original):

Owner George Augstell, who has Down syndrome, opened Uncle Bill’s in 2016. Following the death of his uncle William in 2013, George decided to name the shop in honor of his loved one while inviting the community to stop in, grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile. And Augstell wants other people with Down syndrome to know, “Be yourself and to not be afraid of failure or anything else.”

Contact Uncle Bill’s Coffee Shop if you’re interested in potential job openings.

How marvellous.

May God bless everyone involved — owners, employees and customers — abundantly.

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