As Brooke Goodspeed watches other parents go out and enjoy public spaces with their children, her heart breaks. She knows, she said, that if she did the same thing with her son she’d be stared at, whispered about, sometimes even made so uncomfortable that she’d choose to leave.
Inspired her 8-year-old, Oliver, who has autism and Down syndrome, Goodspeed recently opened a Narberth coffee shop dedicated to accepting everyone, including people with special needs.
“I wanted to build a place where we could all go together,” she said as she sat in the middle of the cafe on a bustling weekday morning. “People feel comfortable coming here.” . . .