Brew • able (noun, adjective)
The first grassroots nonprofit of its kind in North Fulton County dedicated to the employment and enrichment of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). With opportunities to train, learn, and excel in a community café setting, employees, a.k.a. Brewistas gain the necessary skills and confidence to achieve long-term success.
1 “Find your place at Brewable.”
2 “We found our place at Brewable.”
3 “Everyone can find their place at Brewable.”
To create meaningful, paid employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); To offer valuable customer service and real-world problem-solving experience; And to foster an inclusive work environment where community connections brew confidence.
To enrich, enable, and empower adults with IDD to live & work authentically; To demonstrate the value of inclusivity in our community; To normalize the everyday experience of neurodiversity without novelty; and To function as a microcosm of the society we all deserve.
Contrary to popular belief, great minds do not always think alike. We are driven by the philosophy that difference in ability does not equate to absence thereof. Everyone has something unique to offer – it’s only a matter of finding your place.
According to a 2015 survey, the unemployment rate for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) is disproportionately high — nearly 70 percent in Georgia. At age 22, these individuals lose access to the job support and training assistance offered through the public school system. But the socioeconomic challenges associated with aging pale in comparison to their emotional impact. As their peers leave for college, many adults with IDD feel left behind. The deterioration of social circles and well-balanced daily routines can lead to isolation, depression and regression. While some adults with IDD are able to maintain friendships and find work with a flexible and supportive employer, a majority of them do not.
“Ability status in U.S. society is a critical social and cultural identity. ‘Disability’ is often viewed through the lens of pathology as an illness. This kind of view affects not only the personal identity of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities, but also their treatment by others in the community, employers, caregivers, and others in their system of interaction. Even individuals who are strong self-advocates can be silenced by this kind of lens. A more empowering way to view individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities is through the lens of neurodiversity in order to see their abilities, needs, wishes, and lives.” – Simpson, Allison N., "Ability Status, Self-Advocacy, and Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities: Neurodiversity-Informed Training for Professionals and Caregivers" (2021). Psychology Doctoral Specialization Projects. 14. https://encompass.eku.edu/psych_doctorals/14
Brewable began as a spark of an idea in an effort to chip away at the disability unemployment rate. With the dedication of a small group of volunteers, our concept for a community coffeehouse employing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities began to take shape. In summer 2018, we officially partnered with the City of Alpharetta to establish a café in the lobby of the Alpharetta Community Center. Word spread quickly among local residents and businesses on social media, and Brewable received an outpouring of support from the community. Unsurprisingly, our neighbors resonated with the following quote we shared from Mister Rogers:
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” — Fred Rogers
On September 6, 2019, we held our official grand opening and our Brewistas were overjoyed to serve their first cup of coffee.
Brewable Café has since expanded its reach in the Alpharetta community and beyond through our popup coffee events and our online sales. Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for Brewable; we need the support of our community now more than ever! Your donations help pay for employees, products, supplies, equipment and insurance to operate our business until we are able to expand our service beyond carryout.
In the Press
2021, June 30 | Atlanta Best Media | Kappes, W.BrewAble Cafe Empowers Those With Learning Disabilities
2021, February 24 | Voyage ATL | Stories, L.Check Out Mary Ulich's story
2019, October 11 | Atlanta Business Chronicle | McKillips, G.New Alpharetta Café Brews Up Coffee, Community and Job Training for Individuals with Special Needs
2019, July 25 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Berrios, L.Café Project Shows Alpharetta's 'Big Heart'
2019, June 25 | The Marietta Daily Journal | Nouryeh E."Brewing Confidence" New Coffee Shop Brews Confidence in Special Needs Employees
2018, October 1 | The Alpharetta Roswell Herald | Glatt, N.Coffeehouse that Employs Individuals with Special Needs to Open in Alpharetta