Our pretzel journey began with a passion to create a tasty, salty, allergen-free snack after our daughter, Kelly, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and numerous food intolerances.
Despite the training and preparation for life that Kelly received through her school’s neurodiversity program, she often felt deeply lost and alone. When she aged out of the program and was hired at a well known retail store, she was ecstatic. Finally, Kelly thought, a place to belong and contribute!
Two days later, Kelly was crushed as she was let go from her job. We watched Kelly’s frustration consume her as she shared with us about the company’s lack of patience and inability to take the time to properly train her.
It quickly became apparent that typical workplaces wouldn’t be equipped to accommodate Kelly’s differences in ability, and they certainly wouldn’t be able to amplify her gifts, strengths, and superpowers!