Man with Autism Opens Own Coffee Shop after No One Would Hire Him

Life can be overwhelming with so many challenges to overcome, but imagine how it can be of a disabled person that needs to fight twice as much as of a healthy person.

Not to mention the fact that people are not always open to people with disabilities and thus are being often rejected from society.

Disabled persons have to win battles on daily basis, starting from simple things like public transport, then housing, employment and dealing with all the negative attitudes of the other people. So, every day for them is a challenge that they need to overcome.

Yet, there are people with disabilities that can amaze us all and who never succumb to the negativity in life, and one of them is Michael Coyne.

Michael Coyne is a wonderful person who struggles with bipolar disorder and autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He is a former Special Olympics athlete who decided to follow his dreams.

When he reached his adulthood, tuning 21 years old, he decided to find a job and applied to various posts, but in all of them he was rejected.

He tried in many fields like the foodservice industry where he gained the needed skills and he also completed a program in the hospitality, but still no one hired him.

Parents who have children with disability are very much hurt when their children cannot be accepted by society. Michael’s mother Sheila said the following:

It’s not easy for parents to watch your kid sit around the kitchen table while everyone else is enjoying life and coworkers, and talking about their day.”

But, all the rejections did not discourage Michael, he wanted to succeed and instead of looking for a job in other business owners, he decided to become one and thus create a proper job for him.

Come on by for muffins and coffees, Michael's here until 6! ☕

Posted by Red White & Brew Coffeehouse on Friday, November 22, 2019

He enrolled to business classes, finished them, and soon after opened his own coffeehouse, in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, named it as “Red, White & Brew Coffeehouse”.

On his Facebook page in the “About” section, his coffeehouse offers:

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.

Posted by Red White & Brew Coffeehouse on Monday, November 18, 2019

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.”

#NoMoreEXCUSES …After being denied employment, man with autism opens his own coffee shopNATIONALby: Tribune Media…

Posted by Wendy Glenn on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

This coffeehouse represents “a beacon of hope for people with disabilities“and local artists with disabilities are invited to show their talent offering them a chance to sell their art. Michael was honest when saying that he was not sure that he would like the job, but now he enjoys every minute of it. He is well aware of the fact that his restaurant brings hope to families in a similar situation.

Sheila added:

We’ve had parents come in with tears in their eyes with the hope that their young children will eventually be accepted into the community.”