Puzzles seeks to "solve the puzzle" of autism and adulthood by providing opportunities for personal growth, as well as a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose for individuals of all abilities.
Café owner, Sara Mae Hickey, who has a sister with autism, says that this is a cause near and dear to her heart.
A local bakery and cafe in Schenectady, New York, is hoping to shed light on the issue of employment for people with autism. The bakery is looking to employ individuals with autism or other disabilities in a hope of showing the community that people with autism can be a vital member of the workforce.
The three finalists for the 2014 AOA Startup Grant gathered at the Berkshire Bank on Wolf Road Wednesday evening to make their final presentations to the judges. At stake: a $1,500 grant.
The fast-casual sandwich and coffee shop will feature something you don’t see every day: a staff largely comprised of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Sara Mae Hickey, president and founder of The Autism Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to improving the livelihood of families and individuals affected by autism, is in the process of building and opening Puzzles Bakery & Café, located on State St. in downtown Schenectady. The bakery will employ adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.