Woman With Down Syndrome Opens Her Own Cookie Business After Being Turned Down For Jobs
22-year-old Collette Divitto has Downs Syndrome, a genetic condition that occurs in one in every 691 babies, and causes a level of learning disability and characteristic facial features.
People with the condition are often unfairly discriminated against and can find it difficult to find gainful employment and experience themselves as a part of society.
Divitto, who has never accepted that the disability makes her any different, found out just how narrow-minded society can be towards people with Downs Syndrome, when she began to look for work.
The young woman from Boston US has loved to bake since she was 15, and spent most of her weekends and evenings doing so.
She applied for a series of positions in bakeries across Boston, and although she would even take samples to interviews, she found herself turned away every time.
The number of rejections she got, could have left her defeated.
Instead, she used them to inspire Collettey’s – her own cookie business that showcases her extraordinary talents, especially when it comes to chocolate chip cookies!
But proving her ability isn’t Divitto’s only mission behind starting her own business.
She wants to build a large successful business to hire people with disabilities across the country.
This would help to change the stigma that people with Downs Syndrome and other disabilities can’t work as well as anyone else!
With the help of her mum and her sister, Divitto got her first order from a local grocery store called the Golden Goose Market.
She started with fulfilling an order for just 100 cookies a week.
Since word has gone out about her efforts and the quality of her cookies, however, her orders have multiplied a thousand times over!
Divitto has even had the opportunity to fulfil her wish of hiring others.
She hopes that her story will inspire others to focus on what they are good at and never give up on their dreams.
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