OTTAWA — For years, Christine Alexander, the executive chef and owner of Grenfell Catering Delights, stood behind her deli counter teaching young adults with autism from a nearby centre to use her debit machine to buy sandwiches, cookies and drinks.
“The service worker would always speak for them and interact for them. I said, ‘You know, I’m pretty patient if you ever want to bring them by on my not-busy times so they can learn how to do it,” said Alexander.
Within about six months, the young customers from Spectrum Intervention Group could make purchases on their own. Their success inspired Alexander to offer her skills and her kitchen for cooking lessons.