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Amy Wright    

CNN Hero of the Year 2017; Owner of Bitty & Beau's Coffee

Amy Wright is an advocate for the value, inclusion, and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), especially in the workplace. She is the owner of Bitty and Beau's Coffee, named after her two youngest children with Down syndrome. Bitty and Beau's employs workers with intellectual and development disabilities.

The original Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, January 2016 in Wilmington, NC. The original shop was run by 19 employees with intellectual an developmental disabilities, and since its opening, it has moved from a 500-square-foot facility to a larger 5,000-square-foot building, and now employs over 40 workers, with plans to franchise the coffee shop.

Wright and the shop have been featured on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, CNN, Harry, Good Morning America, HLD, People Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine.

In 2017, Wright was awarded the CNN Hero of the Year award.


Amy Wright Named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year
Amy Wright, who offers employment to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been named the 2017 Hero of the Year. Hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa, the 11th annual CNN Heroes: An All- Star Tribute aired live tonight from New York City. As a mother of two children with Down ...
Coffee shop brews opportunity for people with disabilities - CNN
Amy Wright founded Bitty and Beau's coffee, a coffee shop that employs people with disabilities and donates all proceeds to a nonprofit, Able to Work USA.

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