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Impaired Thinking

By Art van Bodegraven | 09/15/2017 | 12:15 PM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


I'm trying to avoid the word "crippled" in thinking about those who are hesitant to hire those differently-abled than the majority. But, it's perfectly descriptive. The crippling is not the afflicted, but the mental mindset of those reluctant to tap into this huge talent respource.  

Much has been made of Walgreens South Carolina facility, and ita ground-breaking advances in hiring people with physical or emotional challenges. Using the developmentally disabled as low cost labor in the performance of menial tasks is fundamentally flawed.

Relegating the "slow" to bagging at Kroger is an affront to the individuals, and passing up a teaching moment for the customers.

Compounding the challenge are those who are "uncomfortable" with the "retarded," indicating a certain weakness and fear among the uninformed (at best) and the possibility of rank prejudice and mean-ness of spirit (at worst).

The workers deserve more and better, and the customers merit re-education—and a sharp blow to the chops.

Go thou, and be a beacon for the right thing.



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.



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