Getting jobs for disabled people shouldn’t be such hard work

Cian O’Connor, as Paul, in ‘One Love’. He is one of the first graduates of Blue Diamond Drama Academy.

‘So, Samuel arrived in. We knew he had always wanted to be a pizza-maker, so I said, ‘Hey, Samuel, do you want to try your hand in the pizza kitchen?’ His eyes lit up and he said, ‘are you serious?’

Within a couple of hours, he was up to his elbows in flour, and, very quickly, he had learned how to knead the dough and twirl it. He turned out to be a fantastic pizza baker.

“Only trouble was, after a fortnight, he got bored doing the same thing every day and asked for something different. That surprised us, because we thought the repetitive tasks might suit him, but not a bit of it. Now, there’s no aspect of the kitchen that he hasn’t worked in. And every day he brings the same enthusiasm — and the same smile — to brighten everyone’s day.”

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