A cafe in the Philippines is giving disabled people in the area a chance to succeed in life and break down stigma in the process.
Jose Canoy was 12 when his family realised that he would no longer do well in school.
He has autism, and his family began to understand that, unlike other kids his age, Jose was never going to write an essay on history or memorise the planets in the solar system. His brain just didn’t work that way and he wasn’t being given much support at school.
His mother, Girlie, always saw Jose’s autism as a positive force and says it brought her family closer. When it became clear that Jose was autistic, she wasn’t disappointed, but when she told her friends they looked at her with pity.
“It’s OK, I don’t feel bad, to me he’s the same, just another child I have,” she would …