(August 13, 2014) -- Matt Cottle, a young adult on the autism spectrum has dealt with several challenges. After the past six years of bagging groceries he is now going the entrepreneur route as the owner of Stuttering King Bakery, a small home-run business where he makes different types of baked goods for cafes, businesses, and groups that are in need of catering services. Matt is helped by his mother Peg who does the marketing for the small business.
The Cottle family have recently just moved to a home in Scottsdale, Arizona with a larger kitchen to expand their services.
Matt said in building up the business, "I hope I can set up shop and hopefully start interning and mentoring other people with autism."
Lisa Goring, Autism Speaks executive vice president of programs and services, hopes businesses like this become a model for future entreprenuers who want to invest in the autism community.
"Within the next decade 500,000 individuals on the autism spectrum will transition to adulthood. It's critical that the necessary supports are in place so that they can obtain meaningful employment," said Goring. "Our goal is to create job opportunities for people on the spectrum by educating businesses about their capabilities."