Our first product line are gluten free, deliciously healthy gourmet artisan macaroons. We started in October 2015 hiring two bakers educated in Bakery & Pastry Arts, we hired 2 additional bakers in December 2015 and a fifth baker in Feb 2016. Miami Is Kind demonstrates that with adequate instruction, a properly structured workplace, and a solid business background – like the one I have- persons with Autism/disABILITIES excel at a workplace and make the companies they work for profitable.
In addition to bakers, we will soon employ packers, warehouse operators, maintenance crew, customer service reps and dispatchers. It’s a social revolution that gives job opportunities and hope to many adults with autism/disABILITIES in Miami. Through our success, we inspire other companies to follow similar paths. Society starts appreciating their capabilities. Miami Is Kind are the pioneers of the “I am like you” revolution.
For twelve years Silvia Planas-Prats held an executive leadership role with DuPont Corporation in Barcelona, Spain. While working at DuPont, she was running late one morning for a conference call. This call became the catalyst that changed her destiny. Once on the conference call she apologized to her colleagues for running late and decided to be honest as to the reason why. “My apologies, I have an autistic son and this morning he had a tantrum.” At the end of the call, one of the executives on the other end of the line spoke to her at length about his own son with autism and all the wonderful schooling opportunities America had to offer. It was then and there that Silvia decided to move her family to the States. She and her husband decided it was the best thing to do for their family and Miami became the ultimate destination.
Letting go of her career at DuPont was not easy, but Silvia knows it was the most important decision of her life and the best way to give her son Marc amazing opportunities he otherwise would not have had. In Barcelona, Marc had such severe behavioral problems that his capabilities were overshadowed. Dismissals from school, lack of sleep, no socializing, and a limited learning environment, was his daily reality.
Marc is now an adorable 13 year old boy that just happens to be autistic. He loves riding his bike, dancing to Michael Jackson and baking. He’s come a long way with the help of the Miami-Dade County Public School system, and Silvia is so grateful for the programs being offered to him.
But Silvia soon questioned what Marc’s future would look like. What does the future hold for Marc and young adults with autism? The challenge begins after they turn 22. She quickly realized that employment opportunities looked bleak.
“Companies seldom hire adults with Autism, so I am convinced that a social revolution for the independent living of autistic individuals needs to be made. I will not sit and wait for companies to change their hiring policies. Instead, I have created solution. I’m a true believer that hard work determines who we are as individuals in society and that every member of society—including adults with autism or other disabilities—should have the chance to excel and contribute.”
Silvia decided to take this employment challenge head on, and opened Miami Is Kind, an industrial bakery determined to be the first factory for professionals with autism/disabilities in South Florida. Miami Is Kind will employ bakers, packers, warehouse operators, maintenance crew, customer service reps and dispatchers that have autism or other disabilities. Silvia knows that with adequate instruction, a properly structured workplace, and an enjoyable learning atmosphere, autistic and disabled young adults can excel at a workplace and can make the companies they work for profitable.
“It will be a social revolution that will give job opportunities and hope to so many young adults with autism and other disabilities in Miami. Through our success, we will inspire other companies to follow similar paths and allow society to appreciate their capabilities.”
We are currently working on distribution to bakeries, restaurants, universities, duty free shops, supermarkets,
corporations, financial institutions, hotels, hospitals and senior living facilities.
Please contact us if you’d like information on becoming a vendor.
For more information on ordering assorted flavors or catering trays, please email us or call us at (305) 951-0745.
All orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail and take 3-5 business days to receive, depending on location.
Celebrate their pure ingredients: unsweetened sulfites free shredded coconut, sweet potato, egg whites, brown sugar and a blend of Californian almonds that will take good care of your KIND heart. And they are gluten free, dairy free & trans-fat free!
For those of you following a low sugar diet or diabetic we have created the Stevia macaroon so everyone can enjoy our treats. With same pure ingredients as the Original macaroon but substituting most of the sugar by Stevia…try them and I bet you can’t tell the difference!
Our small cookies subscription includes 15 Short bread Cookies with chocolate chip. Made with butter and natural ingredients, contains wheat.
We employ bakers that graduated from JRE Lee Educational Center baking program; a one in a kind program by Miami-Dade Public Schools and also bakers from other great programs in the community. Our employees have worked hard to get the best education available and to be the best professionals in their jobs. They are all about baking and being independent. In a few years they will be seen as the pioneers in an even Kinder Miami that will see persons with Autism/disABILITIES as contributors of our community each of them in their diverse/unique ways.
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3. MONTHLY DELIVERY/SUBSCRIBE: Receive Miami Is Kind Macaroons automatically delivered monthly to your home or business. For every 50 Miami Is Kind subscribers of the 30+30 pillow box we hire one additional baker…so we offer a 35% discount as an incentive.
Our large subscription includes 30 Original macaroons and 30 assorted (6 Lemon lovers , 6 Strawberry lovers , 6 Orange Lovers , 6 Chocolate Mousse and 6 Stevia) only $59.43 (includes shipping)
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Our small subscription includes one dozen assorted macaroons (3 Original, 3 Lemon, 3 Orange, 3 Chocolate Mousse) only $19.66. (includes shipping)
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