Special Needs
Café Agonist

About the job:

What you do

If you have a certain disability, you can find a job as a Waiter, Barista, or even Cashier as shown in the video. 

If you are a Waiter, your job is to provide proper wait service, take customer orders and delivering food and beverages, and giving menu recommendations and answering questions. 

As a Barista, your tasks include making and serving beverages, such as coffee and tea, and foods, such as sandwiches, muffins, or cookies. You also explain menu items to customers, clean, and attempt to ensure that customers are comfortable and satisfied.

Being a Cashier requires that you receive payment, issue receipts, and count money in cash drawers at the beginning of shifts to ensure that amounts are correct and that there is adequate change. 

The tough stuff

Working in the Hospitality Field can be challenging, here are some obstacles you might face:

  • Annoying customers 
  • Physical distress
  • A fast-paced work environment 


The cool stuff

There are some cool outcomes from working in Hospitality, you:

  • Get good tips
  • Are always active
  • Spend time around people
Typical work hours
  • 48+ hours a week

The working hours range between part and full time depending on each case. The average, however, is around 8 hours per day, 6 days a week.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • No specific class
Best high school track(s)
  • Any Track
Personal qualities
  • Body Balance & Coordination
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Attention to Detail

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

Having a disability, you might get accepted for a job in Hospitality if you have basic school education.

Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

If you are somebody with Special Needs or know somebody who is, watch the full video to learn about some possible career options.
In this video, we also highlight the adaptations that have been made by management in order to empower their employees and help them shine.


Wassim El Hage, who is a physical therapist, found joy in interacting with people with special needs while working with them. Thus, being familiar with their capacities, he decided to give them an opportunity to work in a place where there is direct contact with people. 

Hence, he collaborated with the Lebanese Down Syndrome Association and selected individuals who are able to cope with work environment requiring customer service. With the help of an assistant, they trained them and prepared the potential staff for the opportunity. After three years of hard work, Agonist coffee shop officially opened on December 16, 2018.