Digital Daily: Rhode Island man opens own business after struggling to find job due to disability

Updated: November 21, 2019 03:54 PM

A new business in North Smithfield, Rhode Island is spreading awareness of hiring people with disabilities.

Michael Coyne opened his coffee shop, Red, White & Brew, after struggling to find a job, which he believed was due to his disability.


He has autism, and when he couldn't find anyone who would hire him, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

He enrolled in business classes through the state's developmental disabilities council to help him prepare to become an owner.

After just two weeks of being open, the coffee shop has already become a haven for others who have children with disabilities.

In the future, Coyne wants to hire others with special needs to spread the message that they are hard workers, too.

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