The business started as a homage to Emily’s service dog, who passed away.
Ainsworth has autism and an extremely rare genetic disorder that impacts nearly every part of her life. She said a chance to highlight her small business will make an impact.
The 19-year-old hopes the international stage will help spread a wider message.
Ainsworth’s mom Alison said seeing her daughter’s fledgling business pick up steam is a special moment.
“She’s had brain surgery, stomach surgery. She had a feeding tube for eight years,” Alison said.
“We always say we should’ve named her ‘Joy’ considering all of the challenges she’s had since birth. She chooses to make a difference every moment.”
Alison said it’s meaningful for Emily to have employment opportunities when they are not always readily available to her.
“Employment is already scarce during COVID-19 for able-bodied and neurotypical people,” Alison said.
“When you go into the realm of neurodiversity or disabilities it’s even more challenging.
“This opportunity to create a business and a legacy for inclusion is really powerful.”
Ainsworth and a small team will be making more than 100 bags of cookies for the Grammys, on top of orders for the greater Edmonton area.
“For someone like Emily, who has developmental and medical challenges, to reach for their personal stars is incredible,” Alison said.
“The Grammys celebrating adversity, diversity and inclusion this year is the perfect fit and messaging particularly in this time.”