Too many cooks in the kitchen is never a problem for this group. They work for Adventures in Granola, a Vermont company celebrating the abilities of young adults with disabilities -- so the more hands the better.
David, Madeline, Adam and Ari are four of the five workers the non-profit employs. Adventures in Granola is an extension of Partners in Adventure. The group's Debbie Lamden, says it was a natural progression as these kids grew into adults. "You can find a way to have people involved no matter what their ability level is if you're creative and think about it. There's ways to make it work," she said.
Ari, who is deaf and non verbal, was waiting for a job for two years before he started at the company. "He has limited things he can do in the real world out there, so we're trying to create a real world for people with disabilities, where they can be valued just as much as anywhere else and we are here -- we're one big family," Lamden said
It's a family that's developed three unique granola varieties -- all made with Vermont maple syrup and a lot of love. "See, look, I'm talking and working at the same time. I know and I like what I see," David said.
Reporter Gina Bullard: What do you think about people buying this product that you made?
Until it finds a permanent home, the group uses different kitchens throughout the community. They'd love a long term space. Each bag of granola sells for 10-dollars, but after supplies are paid for and payroll is covered, they barely break even.
"I just got my first pay check this week," David said. So where's David's money going? "Creemees -- when its hot," he added.
"You're supporting people with disabilities by buying this granola. That's pretty exciting you're actually making a difference," Lamden said.
Making a difference for those with disabilities who are celebrating their abilities with their product that's Made in Vermont.
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