Bagel Grove helps to spread autism awareness

The Kelberman Center is teaming up with a local business to train teens and adults who have autism, with work skills.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 8:23 PM

UTICA, NY-- The Kelberman Center is teaming up with a local business to train teens and adults who have autism, with work skills.


The Bagel Grove and the Kelberman Center are partnering together to offer a six-week program to students ages 15 and older to learn the entire process of making bagels from the dough, to boiling and baking.

"I think it's really exciting," said Anne Wadsworth, owner of the Bagel Grove. "I think it's outside the box and instead of just providing programs that are dumbed-down to a certain group of people, it's saying 'no here's the world and how can we adapt so that you can be a part of it.'"

Wadsworth said she plans to offer more advanced course for students who show an interest in the food industry and would hire those students.

Chris Jones, coordinator for leisure and learning at the center said said he hopes this program inspires other business owners to do the same.

"Our individuals we serve have the capabilities to do all of these other tasks that everyone else can," he said. "So it would be nice to be able to make some partnerships with other people to allow our kids and adults to have the opportunities to do that."

The Bagel Grove is also spreading awareness for autism, by selling an all-naturally colored rainbow bagel. Bagel Grove will donate $1 to the Kelberman Center for every rainbow bagel sold throughout the month of April.

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