In This Together: Restaurant Dedicated to Inclusion Perseveres, Makeup Artist Inspires Others

Restaurant Dedicated to Inclusion Perseveres

The goal of the No Limits Cafe in Middletown, NJ is to show the community what people with intellectual disabilities are capable of. Inspired by her daughter Katie who has Down syndrome, Stephanie Cartier created the cafe, which employs over 30 young adults with intellectual disabilities both in the kitchen and as servers. The business is also assisted by volunteers who help train and support the staff members. 

The cafe opened in January 2020, but the pandemic forced them to close shortly after opening. But now it’s back in business, and Cartier hopes that it will continue to empower the people who work there. 

“I wonder why we were blessed with a daughter with Down syndrome, and I think this is where it was supposed to lead us,” she said. “To be able to help more people like her. And I’m honored to be able to do that.”

This Self-Taught Makeup Artist Is Inspiring Others

Talya Reynolds is an accomplished social media influencer who happens to be legally blind. The self-taught makeup artist has over 100,000 followers on Instagram. 

With each post, she aims to not only give her audience helpful glam tips, but also show them the beauty of self-acceptance. 

“I love doing makeup tutorials. It brings joy to my day when I feel sad of feeling not myself,” she said. “It lifts my spirit and confidence. I hope when people watch my videos they take that no matter how you look or your situation, nothing is impossible and makeup is art, a way to express yourself.”

This episode is sponsored by Ulta Beauty.