Nairobi, Kenya – (African Boulevard News) – A unique café in Kenya is making headlines for its welcoming environment for people with cognitive disorders. Ayira Café, named after the founder’s six-year-old daughter who has Primrose syndrome and autism, is setting a new standard for inclusivity in the hospitality industry.
Founder and owner, Daisy Ogembo, was inspired to open Ayira Café after seeing the difficulties her daughter faced in finding a comfortable and accommodating environment. “I know that the neurodivergent are stigmatized and they are often misunderstood by the public,” she says. “I wanted to create a space where they could feel at home, relax, and be themselves.”
The café has become a popular destination for families and individuals with cognitive disorders, who appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and understanding staff. Ogembo and her team have implemented a range of measures to ensure the café is accessible to everyone, including sensory-friendly menus, dim lighting, and noise-cancelling headphones.
Parents are particularly grateful for the opportunity to take their children out in a safe and comfortable environment. “It’s so hard to find places where my son can be himself without feeling judged,” says Alice Mwaura, a regular customer. “At Ayira Café, he can play and interact with the other kids, and I don’t have to worry about him being misunderstood.”
Ayira Café’s success is not only due to its inclusive policies and welcoming environment- the food and drinks are also a hit with customers. The café serves a range of delicious dishes, including vegetarian options, and sources its ingredients from local suppliers.
The café has received widespread praise from disability rights activists and advocates, who see it as a positive step towards greater inclusivity in Kenya and beyond. “We need more businesses and organizations that prioritize inclusivity and accessibility,” says Njeri Kaberia, a disability rights activist. “Ayira Café is setting an example for others to follow.”
Ogembo hopes that her café will inspire others to create more inclusive spaces for people with cognitive disorders. “Every person deserves to feel valued and included,” she says. “If we can create more spaces like Ayira Café, we can make a positive difference in the lives of many people.”
Ayira Café is a shining example of how businesses can make a positive impact on society by prioritizing inclusivity and accessibility. With its welcoming environment and delicious food, it is sure to continue attracting customers for years to come.