In today’s world, it’s an unfortunate truth that many people are discriminated against due to any one of a million things. Sadly, one of the worst discrimination is against people who have mental disabilities. One woman named Collette Divitto learned that for herself in perhaps the saddest way possible.
Collette loves to bake whenever she can, and her absolute favorite thing of all to bake, is cookies! She’s loved baking ever since she was 15 years old and spent the weekends baking for her friends and family. For her, it was truly an act of love and passion, something she loved to do whenever she possibly could, a truly great way to share her love with everyone she cared about.
When she was 22 years old, Collette began to apply for jobs all over Boston as a baker, deciding to follow her passion. Unfortunately, Collette soon learned that no one was willing to hire her, not because of her lack of experience in a bakery, but because of her Down Syndrome. She was crushed when she realized that no one would hire her because of it.
Thankfully, Collette has an amazing family who were more than happy to help her out. With her sister and mother by her side, she opened her own company named Collettey’s! It wasn’t long before before Boston’s Golden Goose Market had placed a recurring order after tasting her amazing cookie!
When CBS picked up her story, she had over 10,000 orders to fulfill! As her company began to grow, she opened her very own store front and has now begun to hire a wide variety of people, both with and without disabilities! In fact, she even ships her cookies all around the United States to people who just can’t wait to try her delicious creations!
Collettey’s serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to look past people’s disabilities, and focus on who they are and what they do. All Collette’s mother has to say about her daughter is, “I never raised her looking at her as if she had limitations. We all have them. We all have things we’re good at, and we all have things we’re not good at. You can call them disabilities. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. We don’t focus on that.”