Dance Happy Designs
This group of three friends makes super cute, high quality bags and pouches by hand with original patterns. One of the three friends has Down syndrome, and all three of them participate equally in their business because they believe everyone deserves the opportunity to have a meaningful career and fulfilling life. You can even find them at Madewell!
Bitty & Beau's Coffee
With over 80% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities unemployed nationwide, Beau’s Coffee created a path for people with disabilities to become more valued, accepted and included in every community. The shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and owned by a family with two children with Down syndrome: Bitty and Beau. You can order their delicious coffee and sweet merch online, or visit one of their stores in NC, SC, GA, or MD.
Inspired by owner Maggie Blair's younger brother, Matthew, who has Down syndrome, every colorful piece of jewelry at Margrit Co. is made of recycled glass and matted to replicate sea glass. It's all wrapped and designed by hand, and 15% of profits go to their own scholarship fund that provides mentorship, education, and business startup funds to individuals with Down Syndrome who want to become entrepreneurs.
Collette has Down syndrome — and perhaps the most delicious business on this list: cookies. She has sold over 180,000 cookies to date! Her ultimate goal is to work with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to create policies that would increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Sweet Heat Jam Co.
Looking for a gift for your favorite foodie? You've got to try Sweet Heat Jam Co. Chef Nolan makes hot pepper jelly with homegrown peppers and a whole lot of talent. His Sweet Heat Gift Box voted #1 Best Foodie Gift by USA Today!