Traditionally, jobs for people with disabilities were custodial or related to working in a kitchen. However, then-Senior Vice President of Walgreens, Randy Lewis, wanted to change the types of jobs that were available to those with disabilities within his company.
Lewis envisioned that individuals with autism, Down’s syndrome, or spinal cord injury would be able to work alongside their able-bodied counterparts in Walgreens distribution centers and retail stores. Everyone would have the same types of jobs and get paid the same wages.
In his presentation, Lewis said Austin is just as capable at doing the job as anyone else; he just goes about it a little differently.
One of the key points I took away from his speech was that when employers are arranging workplace accommodations, they should use the acronym “ATP,” which stands for “Ask The Person.” It makes more sense to ask the person what they may need to help them do their job more effectively than trying to assume what people may need.
In his book, “No Greatness Without Goodness,” Lewis shares why he wanted to change the lives of people living with disabilities. To learn more, visit www.nogreatnesswithoutgoodness.com.