Michael Coyne lives with autism, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. As well as being an accomplished Special Olympics athlete, he also enjoys food prep and previously participated in a hospitality program with dreams of one day finding himself in the kitchen of a restaurant.
When he turned 21, Coyne decided it was time to make those dreams a reality and finally join the workforce. There was just one problem: no employers were willing to take a chance on a man with autism.
“I applied to multiple places,” he told WPRI-TV. “None of them would hire me.”
Although constant rejection would be enough to make anyone give up, Coyne said he used it as motivation.
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He decided that if no one was going to hire him, then he was just going to have to hire himself.
And so, after taking business classes at the Rhode Island Developmental Disability Center and receiving some help from his parents, he was finally able to open up his very own coffee shop: Red, White & Brew.
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