About 1 in every 700 babies are born with the chromosomal disorder, Down syndrome, which makes the disorder pretty common. However it doesn’t stop people from discriminating against these men, women and children, simply because they are different. This was the case when aspiring baker Collette Divitto started applying for jobs only to find the door too often was shut in her face.
Since she was 15-years-old Collette realized that she had a passion for baking, and regularly cooked up treats for the whole family. She said that she always baked after school and on weekends, and especially loved baking during the holidays.
When she reached the age of 22 she decided she wanted to pursue baking as a career, so she started applying to jobs in Boston.
She attended countless interviews, brining in samples of the tasty cookies her friends and family loved, but this didn’t seem to be enough.
Many people who interviewed me for jobs said I was really nice but not a good fit for them. It was really hurtful and I felt rejected a lot.
Whilst a lot of people, especially young people, do get turned down for jobs, she couldn’t help but wonder if it had something to do with the fact she had Down Syndrome. However she didn’t become disheartened, instead she did something brilliant.