This Autism-Friendly Cafe In Subang Empowers Youths & Serves The Most Amazing M'sian Food

The Autism Cafe Project Malaysia provides a space and opportunity for autistic youths to lead a regular life.

Cover image via @autismcafeproject (Instagram)

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If you didn't already know, Autism Cafe Project Malaysia was set up to empower autistic youths by offering employment opportunities.

In conjunction with Autism Awareness Month, they opened their second outlet at Da Men Mall in Subang Jaya recently.

According to their Facebook page, Autism Cafe Project was first established in 2016 at SACC Mall, Shah Alam.

Mohd Adli Yahya - whose son is on the spectrum - founded the project with an objective in mind to provide a space and opportunity for his son and those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to lead a regular life filled with social interaction and having a work life.

They decided to expand their project after finding success with their first outlet. They offer jobs to youths with ASD while giving them a chance to overcome communication challenges.

They entice customers to visit them by offering delicious Malaysian food.

"One of the main reasons why I set up Autism Cafe Project is to enable my son and his friends who have ASD to enjoy life to the fullest," Mohd Adli said in an interview

Mohd Adli spoke to Astro Awani last Thursday, 1 April, to promote the new cafe and the project's ventures.

He added that while at the cafes, his son - Luqman - also spends his time making bracelets and selling them on Lazada.

Since January this year, Luqman and employees at the cafes have been working hard to prepare free meals for frontliners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

They call the initiative 'Support Frontliners'.

The meals consist of a main course and some small bites, all of which are prepared by autistic youths like Luqman and employees of the cafes from the comfort of their own homes.

So, let's get down to business - the food!

Autism Cafe Project Malaysia serves mee soto, roti jala, curry puff, and mee sup, among others.

They even have some sugary goodness, such as kek batik and kuih

While you are there, maybe buy some cookies for Ramadan and Hari Raya?

The Autism Cafe Project Malaysia's business hours at Da Men Mall USJ are 11.30am to 8pm

The cafe will be open during Ramadan and there will be a section selling items made by the cafe's employees.

If you want to know more about the cafe and their project, check them out on Facebook.

Meanwhile, this mall in Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia's first autism-friendly mall:

Did you know Starbucks has outlets that employ people with speaking and hearing difficulties?

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