Only 3 percent cent of people with Down Syndrome in Mexico have access to education, but by combining courses with work, projects like “El Sueño de Frida” attempt to displace years of ignorance that have kept many people with disabilities confined from the workplace.
This is Alfredo’s first job – a waiter at a new cafeteria in Mexico that caters to and employs people with Down Syndrome. Working here allows the staff to improve their physical and mental abilities, a rarity in the country’s business sector.
The restaurant, called “El Sueño de Frida” or Frida’s Dream, has dozens of potential employees with disabilities on a waitlist.
The director of the foundation, Yessenia Escudero, created this project to help overcome the discrimination that people with this degenerative condition face in the workplace.
Part of the project’s goal is to show other companies that – with a little patience and special training – people with Down’s Syndrome are perfectly capable of working.
After studying a 4-year degree in gastronomy, they have the tools they need to work here at the first Down’s Syndrome and disabilities-friendly workplace in Mexico City
Out of the 13 employees that work here, 10 have Down’s Syndrome and 2 others a mental disability.
Their clients believe they receive a warmer welcome in this place than in other eateries. This is the second time that Fabian has visited.