The Ability Hub is pleased to announce the opening of “A Little Somethin’ Cafe” in the loft-like lobby of the Child Development Centre (3820 – 24th St. NW) across from the Alberta Children’s Hospita – the grand opening is October 2 at noon. For more details check out our events calendar.
The Cafe is a pilot project aimed at providing hands-on food service training for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “The goal is to provide real life experience, so these individuals will be employable in Calgary’s growing food industry” says Tom Collins, The Ability Hub’s President. He adds, “One of our goals is to have 80% of Albertans with ASD to have meaningful work by 2025; this program is critical to help fulfill this goal. We have had tremendous support from Society for Treatment of Autism, Chartwell Food Services, the University of Calgary, the Sinneave Family Foundation and many others.”
A Little Somethin’ Cafe will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 3pm with seating for 50 people. In addition to yummy sandwiches, salads, muffins and cookies, the Cafe will feature Screaming Brothers’ dairy-free frozen treats. The partnership with Screaming Brothers is special for two reasons. First, it is also a youth-oriented initiative started by four Lethbridge brothers aged 3 to 13 years old and second many individuals with ASD can’t eat dairy products. The Cafe will also feature Calgary’s own Unique Blend’s Kicking Horse coffee – both Screaming Brothers and Unique Blend practice Fair Trade and recycling practices which fit perfectly with the Child Development Centre building’s LEED Platinum status for being environmentally-friendly.