Michael Coyne, a young athlete and entrepreneur from Rhode Island has opened up a coffee shop after being repeatedly turned down for jobs because he has autism.
Coyne says that he started to apply everywhere he could as soon as he turned 21, but even after completing a program in the hospitality field to gather the skills he needed for a job in the foodservice industry, he was still being rejected for every position he applied for.
Instead of giving up, Michael began taking business classes, and with the help of his parents, he was able to open his own restaurant, the “Red White & Brew Coffeehouse,” which is located in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Now that the business is open, Coyne is giving opportunities to other people who might be considered “unemployable” at other establishments because they think a bit differently than the average person.
Come on by for muffins and coffees, Michael's here until 6! ☕
According to the “About” section of the coffee shop’s Facebook page, “We are a family owned coffee shop serving up more than a cup of coffee. We employ people with developmental disabilities, encourage community engagement, and change the way the world sees those with disabilities. We are a specialty coffeehouse, selling locally roasted coffee beans. We also sell muffins, pastries, and calzones. We share our home with The Budding Violet, a unique gift shop filled with items from local artists.”
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In many cases, people on the autism spectrum often make excellent creators and entrepreneurs. These roles allow them the freedom and space that they need to be comfortable so they can achieve their maximum potential. Having people who think a bit differently in these roles can also be helpful to a company’s bottom line overall as well, since outside of the box solutions are often needed to solve the complex problems that take place behind the scenes in any business or creative venture.