PARIS, September 27 – Antoine, Mathilde, Julia and Aymeric work at CafÃ© Joyeux in Paris. And like 80 percent of the employees at this establishment, they have a mental or cognitive disability such as Down’s syndrome or autism. But that didn’t stop them from having a long-term contract and working between 12 and 35 hours a week.
The first coffee shop run by disabled employees has opened in Paris. CafÃ© with an always full social conscience, it is supported by its staff, its joy and its ability to embrace what makes each of us unique.
A complex situation for disabled young people
The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is tragically high. When they go to work, they are most often specialized structures far from the public eye. It’s very different at CafÃ© Joyeux, which values ââdirect contact with its customers and wants to change society’s view of disability by giving work to those we refuse to see.
Take the plunge
Yann Bucaille Lanrezac is an entrepreneur at the head of the Voile Solidaire association which takes on board his yacht Ephata those who suffer on the water in Brittany, whether they are sick children, the elderly or the disabled. It was during one of these trips to sea that a young autistic person challenged himself to find a job, an experience that inspired the CafÃ© Joyeux franchise.
A coffee always full
Many customers come to taste the fresh products, organic vegetables, soups, savory pies and salads prepared by the staff under the supervision of their managers. Everything is in place to ensure that the environment is tailor-made for the employee. Supported on a case-by-case basis with contracts of 12 to 35 hours depending on the profiles, the different positions are matched to their capacities. And if Joyeux is an inclusive company, it is also a commercial operation to ensure the sustainability of the project. – ETX Studio
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