More and more, we as a culture are learning how people with special needs are not as incapable as we were once led to believe. This is an important step, and it’s incredible to see how much someone can achieve if they are just given the opportunities.
A bakery in Vancouver Island, Canada knows this, and by hiring cooks with various developmental disabilities, they are giving thir employees a chance to build confidence as well as skills.
Located in Duncan, British Columbia, The Mindful Mouthful Bakery currently employs 20 cooks with special needs.
Ed Clements Centre Society member Dominic Rockall says “it’s a training kitchen for adults with developmental disabilities to teach them life skills [and] cooking skills.”
While the cooks used to be volunteers, they are now being paid for their hard work.
Rockall explained, “It improves their self-esteem, their self-worth. People feel like, ‘I’m worthy of being paid now for my work.'”