- Michael Coyne, a Special Olympics Athlete, was rejected at multiple places where he applied for a job
- Coyne is living with Autism, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- He took matters into his own hands and started a coffee shop called Red, White, & Brew
Unemployment is not just a problem in South Africa and sadly, sometimes people get rejected for jobs because they're different.
The story of Michael Coyne is truly an inspiring one. The Special Olympics Athlete showed that paving a way for oneself is possible.
According to Upworthy.com, Coyne - who lives with Autism, bipolar disorder and ADHD - struggled to land a job after turning 21.
He told People that applied to multiple places without success. Instead of giving up, Coyne enrolled in business classes through Rhode Island's Developmental Disabilities Council.
Coyne successfully completed his classes and he teamed up with his mother, Sheila, to start his own business - a coffee shop called Red, White & Brew.
Briefly.co.za learned the coffee shop, which supports the US economy by selling locally-roasted beans, helps other people living with disabilities.
Red, White & Brew offers business opportunities for differently-abled people by purchasing their homemade products and selling it at the store.
The coffee shop has not been open long but they've already made a difference in the community and Coyne hopes to grow his business even more.
As for Sheila, she's one proud mama:
"We teach people, 'Yeah, he has a disability, but look what he's doing. And he's out in the community getting his social skills.'"
Coyne's story has made waves on social media and internet users across the world are in awe of his determination.
Ron LaBreche commented:
"This story is going global and for all the right reasons! You’re going to start franchising soon. There will be red white & brew all over the world! Great job, very proud of what you have all accomplished."
Yori Hotta wrote:
"Way to go! Inspiration is spreading!"
Sharon Brown added:
"Well done! You are an inspiration to all in the community."
Kari Pisano said:
"This makes my heart smile. I cannot wait to come for a tea! All the best!"
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