When Jacob Wittman turned 18, his mother, Shelly Henley, asked him what job he would like to pursue. His response was that he wanted to be a chef, which left Shelly and her husband to do some research. Jacob is on the autism spectrum and she knew that he would be limited in his options in this career path due to his limited verbal skills. Shelly was not willing to count him out, even when others might have. That lead the two to start No Label at the Table Food Company in the Spring of 2017. The gluten-free and dairy-free bakery continues to remain true to their mission of employing people that are on the autism spectrum as they grow their business in Carmel, Indiana. 

“When you tell people and teach people that they are valuable and capable incredible things happen,” Shelly expresses about her employees. Where others saw limitations in Jacob’s potential, Shelly saw advantages. She saw an incredible palate paired with a process driven, detail focused adult with immense potential. The team of 15 employees that have been hired have been no exception to this idea. Shelly describes her experience with employing people on the autism spectrum as, “Autism is not a tragedy but an advantage in the workplace. Especially, if you are a small business owner. You have no turn over, an honest employee, a diverse workplace, and no drama. Autism is our super power.”

No Label at the Food Table has a powerful team that makes celebration cakes, breads and maintains several wholesale accounts. Their in-shop menu changes daily depending on who is working in the kitchen and their ability as well as the season and the products that they are receiving from the farm, farmers markets, and imperfect produce companies.  Their products are shipped nationwide and can be found in various coffee shops around Indianapolis. The community has welcomed their company with open arms as they attend events such as weddings and birthday parties to cater the food and desserts. A life that Shelly once thought would be lived in social isolation has flourished into a life of acceptance, community, and love. You can learn more about Shelly, Jacob, the team, and their delicious treats HERE! Be sure to give them a follow and a like HERE!

Emma Benner

Emma Benner

Social Media Intern

Emma is a student-athlete at Purdue University majoring in Kinesiology and on the cross country and track and field teams. She has been involved in the special needs community for many years as a coach with Special Olympics Minnesota, and  as a personal care assistant/respite sitter. She has worked in media, marketing, and journalism with various organizations. When Emma has some free time, she enjoys riding horses (she grew up doing barrel racing), baking doughnuts and cake pops (yum!), pursuing her new art interest (wood burning, painting, or drawing), or going for a long fun in sunny weather (her favorite!).