The 'Puzzles Bakery & Cafe' in Schenectady, New York, hires adults with autism in order to give people with developmental disabilities an opportunity for personal and professional growth. While some companies have taken steps to foster more inclusive hiring practices, many adults with disabilities still have difficulty finding employment. This bakery is trying to solve this problem by hiring people on the autism spectrum.
In addition to serving freshly baked goods and artisan sandwiches, Puzzles Bakery & Cafe also helps support adults in the community with autism. The bakery hires these individuals to give them a source of income, an outlet for social interaction and a greater sense of purpose. In short, the bakery wants to give adults with autism the same employment opportunities as non-disabled individuals.
With 1 in 68 US adults affected by Autism, this bakery demonstrates how inclusive hiring practices can make a world of difference for those with developmental disabilities.