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After being turned down on more than a dozen job interviews because of her disability, a Boston woman decided to start her own business.

Thirty-two-year-old Collette Divitto is involved in every part of her company ‘Collettey’s Cookies’. Collette was born with Down Syndrome and as an outlet, Collette started baking.

Collette’s mother Rosemary Alfredo moved her into elective classes so instead of dealing with her disability, teachers could recognize her abilities.

After graduating college, Collette moved to Boston and went on countless job interviews, but was always told that she wasn’t “a good fit.”

Collette first started selling her cookies online, either in packages or in gift boxes for special occasions. But most recently, she started selling her cookies in over 1,000 stores across the country.

Follow this link to order yours.

As members of The Morning Mix, this cause is especially close to our hearts. Thanks to the work Matt does with Best Buddies which promotes inclusion without limits.

Matt has spent his time volunteering with the organization as they offer One-to-One Friendship, Integrated Employment and Leadership Development programs for individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in North Carolina.

You can visit their website here.