Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Owner named CNN Hero of the Year

When Amy Wright and her husband found out that 70 percent of adults with intellectual and physical disabilities do not have jobs, they were inspired to change that.

Two of the couple’s four children live with Down syndrome.

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee, Wright’s popular North Carolina coffee shop, is named after their kids and employs 40 people with disabilities.

Last night Amy Wright was named CNN Hero of the Year after previously being featured on the segment “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.”

“Creating this has given people a way to interact with people with disabilities that (they) never had before,” she said. “This is a safe place where people can test the waters and realize how much more alike we are than different.”