A Woman With Down Syndrome Was Rejected From Every Job Because of Her Condition, and Now She’s Opened Her Own Bakery

Collette Divitto, 30, who was born with Down syndrome, studied hard and completed the Clemson University’s LIFE program a year early. Soon after, she decided to leave her family home in Ridgefield, CT, and move to Boston to live on her own. ⁠

That’s when her dreams were met with disappointment – Collette was rejected at all job interviews she attended. But that minor setback couldn’t stop her. She became even more resolved to pursue her dreams. ⁠

After no one would hire her, Collette turned her baking hobby into a booming business named Collettey’s. Now her customers can purchase Collettey’s cookies at locations in Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut, and also online.⁠

“My favorite part of my company is creating more jobs for people with all types of disabilities,” Collette said. “…Do not let people bring you down and do not give up on your careers and dreams because when one door closes, another door opens.”

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