Upon first visiting Artistas Cafe, one might notice that there’s a special sense of cheerfulness in the air. There is playful artwork and vibrant color all around. The space is impeccably clean. As a smiling customer places an order, the friendly baristas have eager recommendations, quick to assist. Brimming with alacrity and white chocolate mocha, Artistas makes a great drink and serves it with flair. One would never guess that each of the “Artistas” falls somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. You might not expect to see such fluent example of autism at work.Autism Spectrum Disorder (including diagnoses formerly referred to as Aspergers) affects 1 in 68 children, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March of last year. Since more than 500,000 autistic folk have an 18th birthday this year, we would expect to see a lot more autism at work. Yet, more than 90% of individuals on the autism spectrum are unemployed. Vicky Westra, founder of Artistas Cafe and the 501c3, Art for Autism, has a mission to change this.To create your first blog post, click here and select 'Add & Edit Posts' > Published Posts > This is the title of your first post.
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