Amy Wright: 2017 CNN Hero

“I want you to know, because I know you are watching, that I would not change you for the world, but I will change the world for you.”

These words that Amy Wright spoke to her children as she accepted the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year Award means that her mission should not be forgotten.  Amy is still working hard to change the world, not just for those with disabilities, but for everyone who loves and cares about life and those who live it.

This mother of four and advocate who parents two children Downs Syndrome children talks loudly and works actively to speak her message of inclusion.  Her belief in her children began at their birth; she knew she had to champion the work of inclusion. Later on, her advocacy evolved into opening Bitty & Beau Coffee shop in 2016 in Wilmington, NC; it’s named for her two disabled children Bitty & Beau.

This shop now employs people of all ages who are challenged with physical or intellectual disabilities. Amy Wright feels that it is vital to create more and more livable opportunities that help offer employment solutions for this marginalized, and often maligned, group of capable workers.

In 2015, the Wright family launched ABLE to Work USA, a nonprofit organization and staff matching service which connects job seekers who have disabilities with employers who were ready to hire them.  It worked!

Last year, the Wrights opened a second location for Bitty and Beau Coffee in Charleston, SC.

“When someone is valued, opportunities tend to follow.” ~Amy Wright.



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