An autistic man in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, did not take a lack of job prospects sitting down and struck out on his own to make his own opportunity in classic American style.
Michael Coyne, who has autism, told Fox News that when he was trying to find a job, he found no one interested in hiring him. He had suspicions that it was because he has autism, but there was just no way to know for sure.
But instead of crying in his beer… or at least his coffee… Coyne set out in typical American fashion and created his own job!
Coyen opened his own coffee shop called Red, White & Brew.
“t’s just a beacon of hope for people with disabilities,” Coyne said of his new beanery.
Coyne, who has autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder, and who is an athlete with Special Olympics of Rhode Island, took a college course on restaurant hospitality in hopes of breaking into that business.
But time after time he was turned down for a job.
Not letting it get him down, Coyne set out on his own and his mother couldn’t be more proud.
“As parents, we look at our kids and see the value,” Michael’s mother Sheila said. “We see what they are capable of, instead of the system that’s consistently labeling them and putting barriers.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s done amazing things,” Sheila added. “And he’s just a really good human being. You feel that when you come in.”
The Coyne family hopes that Michael’s success can be a beacon for others with disabilities, to show them that success is possible despite any physical or mental limitations.
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