A mother has opened a bakery named ‘Special Kneads’ so that her son who has cerebral palsy can show his full potential in a job!
Just over a year ago, mum Margaret Cortes decided to open a bakery named ‘Special Kneads And Treats’ as she wanted her son who has special needs to feel valuable by having employment.
The last person to own the building where Special Kneads is based had a disability and ran a business, which Margaret thought was inspiring.
Margaret’s son, Frankie Cortes, is a senior at Geneseo High School and is also the front end guy at the Special Kneads Bakery.
Margaret wanted to make sure that when her son left high school, he was guaranteed a job that would allow him future prospects.
When Frankie was a baby, doctors were concerned if he would ever be able to walk or talk because of his condition.
“He’s got a lot of diagnosis against him,” Margaret said. “He’s got cerebral palsy, he’s got Dandy-Walker variant which is a malformation of the brain, he’s got vision issues so he’s blind in one eye.”
Despite this, Margaret has always seen Frankie as capable of anything he puts his mind to.
“He can sing, he can dance, he can run, he can jump. He can do so many things! It was important for me that he didn’t end up just working in a factory or working where he wasn’t getting that exposure to other people,” Margaret said.
And Frankie is so happy his mum decided to open the bakery, as he absolutely loves his job!
“I just try and treat everyone with respect and make them smile,” Frankie commented. “I like serving the community because it makes my heart feel good.”
After high school is over, Frankie wants to be able to do more hours at the bakery and is looking forward to becoming a college student.
As her youngest son is growing up and turning into a man, it is a bittersweet time in Margaret’s life.
“It’s amazing to see how far he’s come,” Margaret said.
In the near future, Margaret is hoping to employ more workers with specials needs.
Meanwhile, Frankie is using his earnings to save up for a golf cart so that he can travel from his house to work.
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