All Employees Are People with Down’s Syndrome in This Amazing Italian Bar

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People with Down's Syndrome
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A trip to Italy will be all the more worthwhile now if you visit the Ké Bar in Pozzuoli, near Vesuvio.

This brand new coffee bar has just opened this year with a staff consisting entirely of young adults with Down’s syndrome.

People with Down's Syndrome
The new employees with their instructors. PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

Quite an exciting move, as you can see from their happy faces! For many of these youngsters, this is their first professional working experience.

People with Down's Syndrome
Celebrating the success of this wonderful project by cutting a symbolic ribbon. PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

What’s truly wonderful is the freedom given to these kids to manage all the operations for Ké Bar, entirely themselves. From welcoming guests, mixing drinks, serving coffee and collecting tabs, these youngsters are managing everything under minimal supervision.

People with Down's Syndrome
Youngsters with Down’s syndrome managing everything at Ke Bar. PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

This wonderful initiative was kick-started by an Italian organization called La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri. This purpose of this noble project is simple: to train and prepare these kids for future employment. After all, what better way to train young people in customer skills than by actually getting them to interact with customers?

People with Down's Syndrome
PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

Explains, Mariolina Trapanese, the president of the association, “the management of a bar is not just an opportunity to acquire the right job skills, but also to increase direct interaction with people.” According to her, this direct contact will help these youngsters develop key work-related and behavioral skills which will help them succeed later in any future employment.

People with Down's Syndrome
PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

In fact, one of their bartenders, Roberto has even found work, all thanks to the skills he picked up at Ké Bar

People with Down's Syndrome
Roberto has even picked up a job because of his bartending skills. PC: PC: ilvescovado.it

Started in 2012, La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri is an voluntary organization that focuses on enriching the professional training of disabled children so they could better integrate into the labor market.

People with Down's Syndrome
PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

Affecting 1 in every 1000 babies each year, Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders. The afflicted person shows physical growth delay and a variable degree of intellectual disability. There is no cure for it, currently.

People with Down's Syndrome
PC: La Bottega Dei Semplici Pensieri Facebook page

Let’s hope more organizations take a cue from this story to encourage and facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.

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Aparna Ghildiyal
I’m a true blue gypsy at heart. YES is my buzzword. Planning a travel adventure? You can always count me in. Treat me to good food, and you can be my friend forever. Fashion has been my guilty pleasure ever since I was a little girl who loved poring over the sparkling jewels and opulent gowns of Disney princesses. Keeping fit and showing love to my body is what keeps me feeling good. I LOVE those looooong discussions and stimulating experiences concerning spirituality, religion, and things beyond – the explorer in me is forever fascinated by these. A neuroscientist-turned-writer-turned-online marketer, my little 5-year-old career has seen me wearing multiple hats. In my world, there are no rules chiefly because I ain’t got no motivation to make or break ‘em.

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