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Bakers with special needs master German rye and Stollen

BURJ AL SHAMALI: When Ali Kerdi, who has impaired speech and hearing, was a teenager, he would look on curiously as his mother kneaded and baked their homemade bread. Years later, he would do the same as he worked as a cleaner at a centre in southern Lebanon where people with special needs were being taught how to make German bread. Now, at 35, Kerdi is in charge, running the bakery with two other special needs employees. “First, they wanted to teach me sewing, then carpentry, then I was running errands. But I would…