Michael Coyne lives with autism, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. As well as being an accomplished Special Olympics athlete, he also enjoys food prep and previously participated in a hospitality program with dreams of one day finding himself in the kitchen of a restaurant.
When he turned 21, Coyne decided it was time to make those dreams a reality and finally join the workforce. There was just one problem: no employers were willing to take a chance on a man with autism.
"I applied to multiple places," he told WPRI-TV. "None of them would hire me."