Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Hopefully you aren’t finished yet because we are sharing some of our favorite businesses that are owned by people with a disability or that support people with disabilities and are a great place to shop this holiday season! Fewer than one in three people with disabilities are employed even though many do want to work. Many of these businesses are started by people with disabilities which helps them have an income, a job, and flexibility in their schedule and responsibilities. These companies also help to spread awareness, advocate for inclusion, employ others with disabilities, and donate some of their funds to organizations that benefit people with disabilities.
Finley’s is a dog treat company that employs people with disabilities and give 50% of their proceeds to provide employment training, accessibility, health & wellness, and advocacy platforms for people with disabilities. You can find all sorts of fun dog treat flavors including peanut butter pumpkin, blueberry coconut, and apple cinnamon! This company is doing so much good for the community and you can hear from their co-founder, Angie, on our blog here.
Anyone local to Indianapolis must stop in to grab a treat from No Label at the Table! Their company has a mission of employing people that are on the Autism spectrum who make delicious bakery treats. You can grab a bakery gift card, merchandise, cookie cakes, cupcakes, bundt cakes, and so many other delicious bakery treats! There is something for everyone in their shop. You can learn more about them on our blog here.
Melanie Farmer is the founder of Lost Valley Designs and she is on a mission to create wearable designs for all abilities while celebrating every child and every family! No matter who you are shopping for, you will be able to find a style that fits them! Melanie is someone that is making the world a better place by bringing positivity, advocacy, and inclusion to the world through the apparel that she designs. If you want to learn the backstory behind Lost Valley Designs, read the feature that we did on Melanie on our blog here.
So many dog treat companies to spread the word about this holiday season! We recently interviewed Gracie’s Doggie Delights on our blog (you can find that interview here) and once we heard about all that they were doing, we couldn’t resist sharing all about their company! Gracie’s Doggie Delights was started by Gracie, a young woman with Down Syndrome. They make and sell dog treats that they ship anywhere in the country. Their mission is not only to make great products but also to raise awareness about people with developmental disabilities and getting people to focus on the individuals’ abilities. Their treats and freeze dried raw with no added ingredients and your dogs are bound to love them!
Annie Streit is a local Indianapolis author and advocate for people with disabilities. She has three published children’s books that should be in the hands on children of all abilities! Her books feature characters that have differing abilities or different life circumstances and are all about having a positive outlook, acceptance of others, and looking within your heart for what matters. Annie hopes that her books teach children the importance of acceptance and looking past differences. Read our interview with Annie Streit here.