Posts tagged employment for individuals with disabilities
Mintz + Hoke: Making an Impact

The Avon, Conn.-based advertising agency Mintz + Hoke is a long-time and valued catering and lunch customer of The New England Pasta Company (Pasta Co.). Right from the start, the agency supported Pasta Co.’s new venture, the inclusive coffee cafe BeanZ & Co., for its fresh-made and healthy offerings, personalized customer service—and mission of inclusive employment.

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A Life Comes Full Circle

When you stop into BeanZ & Co. you’ll often see Deb Cervas working or reading a book with a cup of tea, or meeting friends for lunch. She’s a regular in the coffee shop and café and the former inclusion specialist at the Simsbury Public Schools. An educator who champions inclusive education for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), Deb along with BeanZ & Co. believes everyone belongs.

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Favarh: The Arc of the Farmington Valley

When Steve Morris, executive director, The Arc of the Farmington Valley (Favarh), met Kim Morrison and Noelle Alix, co-founders of BeanZ & Co., they instantly connected. The three had heard of each other and their shared missions to employ those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in an inclusive setting.

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The Be Thoughtful Movement

Susan Johnson and Steve Tarca are married and have a blended family of five adult children. Susan’s son Harold is 22 years old and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. During the past two years, as he approached “aging out” of school services, Susan and Steve knew things would change, and so did Harold. The Be Thoughtful Movement was born.

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