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New York 1 News – ‘Recipe For Success’

April marks Autism Awareness Month. And as NY1’s Shannan Ferry explains, one Queens business is on a mission to help others find the ability in disability. Michael Kessaris spends many mornings perfecting and packaging bags of granola at his test kitchen where he’s known as “Chief Granologist.” But finding a job didn’t come easily for the 18-year-old.  Michael has autism and was turned down from culinary school because he doesn’t have a high school diploma.

“Autism as a disability has the highest rate of unemployment, it’s 90%,” said Dr. Lisa Liberatore, Michael’s Mom.

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1st Batch of Mission Maple Granola

Seeing the forest for Sweetness

Many hands make the work go fast!! Luv Michael is trying out some new batches of granola made with Mission Maple Syrup. Mission Maple is a premium maple syrup sustainably tapped from FSC-Certified forests. A portion of proceeds is donated to educating the younger generation about conservation.

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