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After Being Denied Employment, Autistic Man Opens Coffee Shop In RI


If you’ve traveled down Great Road in recently, you may have noticed a new coffee shop in town.

While Red, White & Brew appears to be a normal coffeehouse on the outside, its owners will tell you that a cup of coffee at the shop is served with a side of perspective.

“It’s just a beacon of hope for people with disabilities,” owner of Red, White & Brew Michael Coyne said.

Coyne lives with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar. As an athlete with Special Olympics of Rhode Island, Coyne participated in a program in the hospitality field in the hopes of one day landing a job in a restaurant.

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