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Starbucks opens 100th store here, its first to hire clients from Autism Resource Centre

Published on Feb 14, 2014 11:50 AM

Starbucks opened its 100th store in Singapore on Friday, and joined a growing list of companies that have hired people with special needs.

In its first such partnership, the global coffee chain's store at Fullerton Waterboat House has hired six clients from the Autism Resource Centre (ARC).

Starbucks has committed to have ARC clients form at least a quarter of the staff at the store. This is part of an ongoing collaboration with the charity, which began in 2005, to train people with autism and equip them with job skills. One such joint programme that they have launched was the setting up of a cafe training facility for youth with autism in ARC's special education school Pathlight School last year.

Tumblers bearing the Starbucks logo that are designed by a student at Pathlight School will also be sold exclusively at the store, with $5 from the sale of each tumbler going to ARC.

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