OUR BRIGHT IDEA
WHAT IS SHINE LAB?
Shine Lab was birthed in the hearts of the parents of amazing people with Down syndrome (Ds). Realizing that the transition services and post-school options for their children were limited, they did a little research, and discovered that most of these programs barely consider the abilities, interests, and personalities of applicants. Wanting more for their favorite people (with an extra chromosome), sparked the idea to create opportunities that illuminate the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. We provide jobs and a chance to shine!
Our laboratory is staffed by the most amazing Lab Technicians (Lab Techs, for short). They are ready and willing to illuminate the space around them by virtue of their personality, work ethic, and snappy charm. Shine Lab’s goal is to have a neuro-diverse staff with an emphasis on employees who have intellectual disabilities.
Shine Lab hopes to instill confidence and true job satisfaction in our Lab Techs through utilizing their unique gifts and talents to produce quality items for purchase in our online store. We also provide the training to run a small business through our coffee service popup program. Welcome to Shine Lab, shop around! Give us a call. We hope to share more about our vision with you over a “cup of Joe”!
- People with disabilities add value to the workforce.
- Businesses can provide meaningful employment to people with disabilities.
- People with disabilities deserve meaningful careers.
- Businesses thrive with neurodiversity among their employees.
- People with disabilities thrive working alongside neurodiverse co-workers.
- Businesses partnering with Shine Lab discover their contribution to humanity.
Shine Lab Techs
DMITRI - PHOTOGRAPHER
Dmitri is a handsome young man adopted from Russia as a three year old. He had prenatal substance exposure which has resulted in significant learning disabilities. He loves hanging out with his friends, working, and photography. He has a beautiful eye for composition, as well as for manipulating colors to enhance his photographs.
FINN - DESIGNER & ROBOT DANCER
Finn was adopted from Russia when she was five years old. She loved her family and siblings, sports, food, sodas, and doodling. Her quirky style of drawing people gave her artwork a signature look that’s sure to bring a smile to the face of all who see it. Finn was born with Down syndrome and a heart of pure gold.
EMMA - FASHION & DESIGN
Emma is a vivacious and charming young lady with an eye for detail. Her pictures often have cubist elements that are intriguing and add texture to the overall design. Emma loves fashion, music, dance, and being the softball team manager.
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
We had the Shine Lab Techs out for coffee service at our conference. It was the best experience! The Dreamer's Coffee was delicious and the techs were professional and courteous. We will use the coffee service popup again!
I got the cutest cards here! The quality of paper on the beautiful custom design notecards was so worth the price. Great value for a unique card set. Thank you Shine Lab Techs!
Jill and Tricia Blythe
Shine Lab was birthed in the hearts of Jill and Tricia Blythe. As the moms to three amazing teenagers with Down syndrome, they realized that the transition services and post-school options for their children were limited. When they did a little research, Jill and Tricia discovered that most of these programs barely consider the abilities, interests, and personalities of applicants. Jill, not easily discouraged, asked the state workforce commission how they would determine which jobs were right for her kids. Unbelievably, a representative of the commission told Jill that because her children had Down syndrome (Ds) and likely great with customer service, they would be most suited working as grocery store baggers. That reply sparked the inspiration for Shine Lab. Realizing that their kids’ options, and the options of millions just like them, are inherently limited by the system and discovering that the jobs being offered are growing scarce, Jill and Tricia knew they were ready to act. So they did. Welcome to Shine Lab.