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Help Geisinger Celebrate ADMI Anniversary and Honor Autism Awareness Month

Mar 30, 2015 11:16AM ● Published by Erica Shames

April is the second anniversary for Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) and National Autism Awareness Month; ADMI is sponsoring two public events to celebrate.

On Thursday, April 2, Randy Lewis, a retired vice president from Walgreens who became a pioneer of the disability hiring movement and author of the book No Greatness Without Goodness, will give a free public presentation at Bucknell University’s Elaine Langone Center Gallery Theatre starting at 7 p.m. following Reception & Refreshments, at The Refectory, Second Floor, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Lewis’ book tells the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, realized that we all have a greater responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities.

Before retiring from Walgreens, Lewis led its logistics division for 16 years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Believing that people with disabilities could do more, he established a disability employment model in the distribution centers that resulted in 10 percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities. This initiative is now being rolled out in Walgreens stores across America and is changing the lives of thousands.

Anyone planning to attend the reception and/or lecture should RSVP by Monday, March 30, to 570-522-9433 or tdmckinney@geisinger.edu. The event is sponsored by the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Center and Bucknell’s Department of Psychology.

5K Run-Walk for Autism Awareness & Family Activities

Sunday, April 12, Bucknell University campus

Registration at 9 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m., Bucknell’s McDonnell Lawn (adjacent to Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium).

The Bucknell BRAIN (Bucknell Researchers, Advocates & Investigators in Neuroscience) Club is once again sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk for Autism Awareness. Proceeds will be donated to the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism & Developmental Medicine Center.

Refreshments and family-friendly activities will be available throughout the event to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. The race route will take participants through Bucknell’s campus.

Registration is $15 through the end of March and $20 after April 1 and on race day. Online registration is available at: geisingeradmi.org/5k. Additional information is available by contacting the race director at admi5klewisburg@gmail.com

For more information on any of these events, visit GeisingerADMI.org/events, or follow the latest ADMI news and more on Twitter (@GeisingerADMI) and Facebook (ADMI on Facebook).

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