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Walgreens program puts the 'able' in disabled

Jul 02, 2007

Walgreens program puts the ‘able’ in disabled: Drugstore chain mainstreams handicapped workers at new S.C. facility

For Julia Turner, who was born with Down syndrome, a full-time job might seem out of reach, but not here, at Walgreens’ first-of-its-kind Southeastern distribution center. “I have found what I want, and I’m satisfied,” Turner said as she scanned boxes at the center, which officially opened June 14. The drugstore chain’s plan is to hire an 800-person workforce that is one-third disabled, but it is ahead of that goal, reporting that 42 percent of the 250 people it has hired so far have a physical or cognitive disability.

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