Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Restaurant Serves Up a Big Chance to Disabled Teenager

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Restaurant Serves Up a Big Chance to Disabled Teenager

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A TEENAGER with Down's Syndrome refused to let his disability stand in the way of gaining work experience.

Benjamin Ali, 15, found it tough to find an employer willing to offer him a placement because of his disability.

But the Walkden High School pupil was thrilled when Swadesh, an Indian restaurant in Manchester, offered him a placement as a waiter.

Proud mum, Amanda Ali, says everyday tasks such using public transport can be a challenge for her son.

But now she hopes Ben's success will inspire other workplaces to give kids with additional needs a chance.

The mum-of-two from Worsley, Salford, said: "Ben has been through a lot in his life. He is just such the brightest, intelligent, kind and well-mannered lad ever.

"He's a normal 15-year-old lad, but it can be quite difficult to get him to live a 'normal' life. His dad and I are always fighting to make sure he gets the same opportunities as everyone else.

"Work experience is one of those opportunities but because Ben has Down's Syndrome it can be difficult. …

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