I was only 20 years old when Spencer was born with Down Syndrome. Our world was very different in 1990, it seemed like Spencer was one of the few. I had to learn, change, reroute my career plans, and grow. Spencer inspired me to become a special needs educator and I poured myself into my job. 28 years later, Spencer and I are ready to embark on another journey. Spencer's Place is a coffee shop and bistro that will employ adults with intellectucal and developmental disabilities, enabling other adults like Spencer to earn a paycheck, build relationships with the community, gain a sense of purpose and show the community the beauty of inclusion and diversity.
The national unemployment rate for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is 80%. Employed and Overjoyed is committed to decreasing this rate by helping adults with IDD find meaningful employment.
Employed and Overjoyed is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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