The Autism Café, a future for special needs individuals from a father

PARENTS often would try their best in ensuring their kids have a good future.

Mohd Adli Yahya, 52, was a former executive director for the Standard Charted foundation when his son, Muhammad Luqman Shariff, 18, was diagnosed with autism.

The uncertainty of his son's future began to worry him.

He soon left his corporate job and started The Autism Café project which would train special needs youth allowing them to earn an income.

"If I don't do this now, when will I ever do it? I have six children but they will have their own lives and families to worry about. Who is going to take care of him when my wife and I are gone?" he told local media.

The cafe located at iM4U Sentral in Taman Perindustrian Puchong and is open on 8.30am weekdays serves local delicacies and baked goods such as cookies and cakes.

They cater for events serving food like nasi lemak and roti jala.

There are also merchandise like t-shirts sold to help further generate a revenue for the cafe.

The cafe was garnered netizen's interest after social activist Syed Azmi shared a post on the cafe. The post has since been shared more than 5,000 times.

Lately, stories of outlets employing special needs individuals have gotten the interest of netizens, including Starbucks for hiring deaf baristas and an autistic youth working at a McDonald's outlet in Cheras.