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Cafe in Tehran lifts spirits, fights stigmaLocated near the bustling Vanak Square in north Tehran, the Downtism Cafe stands out from other coffee shops in the affluent neighborhood for its unique staff.Opened only three months ago, the cafe – whose name combines "Down" with "autism" – is bustling.The cafe not only provides work for those with Down syndrome and autism, it also shows how capable they can be, said Aylin Agahi, a 36-year-old musician who came up with the idea.Agahi arranged for a month of training with a professional barista, and the cafe started out with 10 staffers.Customer Farzaneh Heidari heard about the coffee shop on social media and gushed about receiving "excellent service".
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