Randy Lewis, retired SVP of Walgreens and author to present: INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE = SUCCESSFUL BUSINE$$: Hiring People with Intellectual Disabilities Makes Business Sense!

PRESENTATION BY RANDY LEWIS
HOSTED by
CENTER FOR AUTISM OUTREACH SERVICES (OUCARES) at OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
and
ON MY OWN OF MICHIGAN, INC.

INTRODUCTION

Historically, individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) have encountered significant barriers to employment which have resulted in high levels of unemployment and underemployment.  Few businesses have been willing to recognize that an enormous wealth of talent is present in their community should they be willing to make minor adjustments and accommodations in their workplace.

So, when a major corporation makes a commitment to employ disabled adults – and then demonstrates conclusively it has a measurable positive impact on business results – it causes other businesses to take notice.  Such was the experience of Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain.

Randy Lewis, Senior Vice President in charge of Walgreens’ distribution facilities (now retired), reshaped the company’s hiring, training, technology and supervisory practices and created a more inclusive workplace even as Walgreens grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores nationwide.  All disabled individuals hired were held to the same performance standards as nondisabled workers, received the same wages and benefits and performed as well as their nondisabled coworkers; even performing better in areas like workplace safety and job retention.  In one Walgreens’ distribution center today, 40% of the workforce is individuals with disabilities.

PLANNED PROGRAM

On Wednesday morning, May 11th, at the San Marino Club in Troy, Randy will provide a one hour presentation entitled INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE = SUCCESSFUL BUSINE$$; Hiring People with IDD Makes Business Sense!  Over a complimentary breakfast for C-level executives and human resource personnel, Randy will share how he transformed Walgreens practices to create a workplace open to hiring individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.  Then, for those companies interested in learning more, Randy has agreed to provide a two-hour session on the “how to’s” of creating an inclusive workplace.
Register here: http://wwwp.oakland.edu/oucares/

PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS

Randy Lewis’ presentations are the result of a collaboration of Oakland University’s Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) and On My Own of Michigan, Inc.

Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES) was established in 2004 to help improve the quality of life of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), their families, and our community by offering comprehensive and quality programming including recreational sports, social and life skills training, employment skills programs, camps, parent trainings, and community enrichment events.  For more information, visit www.oakland.edu/OUCARES.

On My Own of Michigan was established in 1997 to assist adults with mild to moderate Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) to live independently, maintain employment, develop positive and long-lasting social relationships, and participate in community-based volunteer activities.  For more information, visit www.onmywonofmi.org.