A coincidence has lead a family in Illinois to open up a bakery and help their son with cerebral palsy find a job. Fox 5 DC reported on the success.
Margaret Cortes found herself unemployed in 2018 and worrying about how she was going to help care for her son with cerebral palsy, who was just about to graduate from high school. So she decided to take a gamble.
When she heard that the local bakery was going to close down after being in business for over 80 years, she decided to open her own and employ her son. She and her son now run the Special Kneads Bakery in Galva, Illinois.
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Her son, Frankie, was born with the Dandy-Walker variant of cerebral palsy and is blind in one eye. This is a rare congenital form of cerebral palsy caused by a brain malformation. His mother wanted him to get more exposure to other people to help him socialize better, so he works at the front taking orders.
Frankie says that he loves working at the bakery and has a goal of becoming a college student after he gets some work experience. Margaret wants to use the bakery to provide educational and vocational opportunities to others in the area who have disabilities.