Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Woman With Down Syndrome Couldn’t Get A Job, Her Solution Is An Example To Everyone.

Down syndrome is a genetically acquired chromosomal condition that affect intelligence, learning, and physical features. Most people believe that individuals with Down syndrome will always live with their parents and never be able to get a job of their own. But there are a few people with this condition, who are shattering these stereotypes to bits and pieces, and trying hard to prove that nothing is impossible if you put your heart and soul into it.

Collette Divitto is one such tenacious lady, who didn’t allow her developmental disability to stop her from following her dreams. After being rejected multiple times by prospective employers, she turned her love for baking into a successful business enterprise.

The 26 year old is now the owner of Collette’s, a bakery in Boston’s north end

With Christmas just around the corner, Collette's story, which depicts her "never give up" attitude, is inspiring millions across America. Most importantly, her success story gives those who have Down Syndrome a glimmer of hope about their own future.

The 26 year old is now the owner of Collette’s, a bakery in Boston’s north end

Collettey's Cookies / Facebook

But it was a long and hard journey for Collette to get to where she is now.

Her mother, Rosemary Alfredo, said that her daughter spent a long time searching for jobs and almost considered giving up after being rejected so many times. Collette said she was disappointed with the existing work culture, where it is hard to find a good paying job for people with special needs.

But it was a long and hard journey for Collette to get to where she is now.

Collettey's Cookies / GoFundMe

Fortunately, fate had something else in store for Collette!

No amount of rejection could stop Collette from striving towards her dream. One day, she decided to start her own business with the aid of her mother and sister. She began her business endeavor by starting small and baking about 100 cookies a week for a local bakery. But soon, word of mouth spread about her delicious cookies and people couldn’t get enough of her cookies.

Fortunately, fate had something else in store for Collette!

Collettey's Cookies / Facebook

“My cookies are like ridiculously yummy cookies,” Divitto said in a recent interview.

Collette had always been passionate about cooking, but her speciality had always been chocolate chip cookies dipped in cinnamon.

“My cookies are like ridiculously yummy cookies,” Divitto said in a recent interview.

Collettey's Cookies / Facebook

Her mother said, “We kept telling her, ‘This is a good cookie. You should sell this!’”

But it’s a shame we’ll never know the recipe of her yummy cookies. When asked for the recipe for her cookies, Collette responded, “It’s a secret” with a gleeful smile.

Her mother said, “We kept telling her, ‘This is a good cookie. You should sell this!’”

Collettey's Cookies / Facebook

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