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One Long Island mom is trying to erase the stigma of mentally and developmentally disabled adults, one cup of coffee at a time.Stacey Wohl opened up Our Coffee With a Cause in Northport, Long Island in 2013, a coffee shop that primarily employs young adults with autism and other mental disorders. The first employees who signed on were Wohl’s own children, Logan and Brittany, who are both autistic and non-verbal and most recently, they became co-owners of the shop, according to NBC.
"Everybody needs to feel good about themselves, but children on the spectrum have less opportunities for that," Wohl said. “There is a place for them, no matter how disabled they are.”
Logan, for instance, labels coffee bags and does deliveries, while Brittany promotes the brand at trade shows using an iPad text-to-talk to communicate with potential customers. "Hi, my name is Brittany. Will you buy my coffee," the iPad’s message prompts customers.
Wohl has already hired five young adults with similar disabilities, and plans on hiring more to help end the stigma against teens with different abilities, and their worth in the workforce.