At the corporate side, Walgreens led the way with its disability employment program spearheaded by Randy Lewis a Senior Vice President and a parent of a young man with autism. Lewis fervently believes that his son and women and men like him are employable and have bright futures if businesses hire them. Walgreens built several distribution centers using universal design principles so employees, whether or not they had a disability, could perform their work in an environment that accommodated and supported a wide range of skill levels.
Walgreens serves as a model for other corporations such as Lowes, CVS, Bank of America, Marriott, and their peers who belong to the National Business Leadership Network. While these companies vary in size, operation, and mission, they are all committed to employing people with disabilities.