This Brewery Employs Adults With Developmental Disabilities, Giving Them A Chance To Thrive

"I hope to be an example for other businesses to think outside the box. That’s when you really see what people are capable of."

During Tiffany Fixter's time as a special education teacher, she noticed a lack of jobs, opportunities, and training for adults with developmental disabilities. In fact, nearly 70 percent of this population are unemployed, even though many of them are willing and able to do work, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Fixter decided to do something about this, so she founded Brewability Lab, the world's first brewery that employs adults with developmental disabilities. 

At the Denver, Colorado brewery, customers order by color, which each correspond to a beer tap. According to the company's website, "We provide job training for an ever emerging industry in the Colorado market. The skills and training our employees learn from our business will translate into further job opportunities in the great industry of beer." Cheers to that! 

"I wanted to do something that was cool and purposeful and gives them an opportunity to show their ability," Fixter says in the above video from 60 Second Docs. "I hope to be an example for other businesses to think outside the box. That's when you really see what people are capable of." 

While Brewability Lab may be the first brewery of its kind, it's not the only business with a mission to employ people with disabilities. Forty people with disabilities work at Bitty & Beau's coffee shop in Wilmington, North Carolina, and two teachers-turned-entrepreneurs, Angie Gamades and Kyle Gallus, opened a bakery called Finley's Barkery, which employs people with autism spectrum disorder. Rising Tide car wash has a similar mission. 

Hopefully there will be even more businesses opening in the future that give employees of all abilities opportunities to work. 

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