Overseen by Rosalind Wright, a Vocation Assistant at the Institute, our Starlight Cafe and Coffee Shop offer students a glimpse of the challenges and rewards of managing a small business, as well as opportunities to strengthen their activities of daily living skills (commonly referred to as ADL skills).
Vital to our students ability to become more fully independent, featured ADL skills training at the cafe and coffee shop includes:
Reading and Writing
Cooking and Eating
Through participating, students' prepare food and beverages for customers under the guidance and direction of their teachers in the Cafe and Coffee Shop kitchens, which also serve as our ADL Labs.
In the spring, dishes can also be prepared using herbs and produce from our on-campus garden. All profits purchase more items and materials for the Cafe and Coffee Shop.
This work training experience helps students become more confident and capable as they mature to take on more responsibilities, providing ample opportunities to build on lessons learned in their classrooms.
It also creates a sense of community and school spirit as students work together to host various pop-ups, giveaways, specialty drinks, and snacks throughout the year (e.g., National Cooking Day, National Coffee Day, and National Waffle Day).
The benefits of this entrepreneurial experience are numerous and include:
Entrepreneurial Skills Training
Small Business Management Training
Customer Service Training
Social Skills Training
Communication Skills Training
Financial Management Training
Life Skills Training
Problem Solving Experience
Self Confidence Building
Starlight Cafe Hours (October to June)*
8:30 AM to 9:58 AM**
Four Days a Week
Coffee Shop Hours*
*Open for NYISE students and staff only.
**Times may vary to accommodate more students.
Waffle Day Photos (2019)
Cooking Resources and Tips
National Federation of the Blind
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