‘Opportunity To Show What They Can Do’: Employees With Disabilities Thrive At Local Coffee Shop
Lorna Heid says her dream is to fill a void that is left wide open in Georgia’s job market.
At a coffee shop in Roswell, all the baristas have mental disabilities. It’s the second shop to open in the metro area in recent months.
Both are owned by Heid.
“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam met up with Heid recently at the Independent Grounds Cafe. Fulton County reports close to 50,000 adults ages 18 to 64 make up the disabled population.
Of those, around 32% are currently employed.
The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities vows on its website that it is constantly working with policymakers on ways to gain more independence for people with disabilities.