Young people with autism – a snack business: This is a group of young people with disabilities who sell cereal bars in Athens. After graduating from specialized vocational training laboratories, they set up 3S School Synergy Snacks with the help of their parents and teachers.
The members of the team are Giannis Chatziargyriou, Eleni Albertou, Michalis Sideris and Giorgos Vradis. Their products are cereal bars with sesame, almonds, peanuts, olives and honey.
Here is what Giannis’s mother had to say about this initiative:
“In Greece today, doing business is hard anyway. But it is even more difficult for people with additional limitations and intellectual difficulties. The same goes for those who stand by them. The ones that operate as their voices.
They are mainly employed in family-friendly businesses. Only in recent years have some organizations have been created to incorporate vulnerable social groups. Even then, however, the jobs offered are disproportionate. New people with disabilities cannot find a place to work most of the times.
Although the legislature envisaged social cooperative businesses to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities and the safeguarding of their right to work, which is an essential element of human dignity, bureaucracy and responsibility are still going strong, making our lives sometimes difficult. “
It’s a tasty and healthy product and a group of new employees who make us proud every day. Taboo will always exist, but it is based on ignorance or lack of information. Fortunately, we live in times when society is more open and the idea of employing people with disabilities is not a utopian one.
In this case, of course, synergies with other bodies are needed to enhance and promote the capabilities of people with disabilities. The kids even dream of Giannis Antetokoumbo trying their bars!
Eleni Albertou, a member of the business, says: “Although my life was difficult, I managed to achieve what my soul wanted. A baking – pastry degree that gave me some supplies and the privilege of continuing my career professionally. The difficulties we face with my team make us stronger and bring us closer to achieving our goals. We thank those who support us in this beginning. “