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Talking Prescription Labels

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CVS/pharmacy Now Offers "Talking" Prescription Labels for Individuals with Vision Impairments Through its Online Pharmacy

Date Posted: 03/18/2014

New service on CVS.com is the result of a collaboration with state and national organizations for the blind

Woonsocket, Rhode Island (March 18, 2014) — CVS/pharmacy announced today that it now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy, CVS.com. The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired. Customers can also obtain a free ScripTalk reader from Envision America that will enable them to listen to the information on the ScripTalk label.

"We are pleased to offer the ScripTalk service to our online pharmacy customers who are visually impaired," said Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Caremark. "Enhancing access to important information about prescriptions is in keeping with our purpose of helping people on their path to better health."

Today's announcement is the result of collaboration between CVS/pharmacy, the American Foundation for the Blind, American Council of the Blind and California Council of the Blind. These groups applauded CVS/pharmacy's actions.

"The lack of accessible labels on prescription drug containers puts people with vision loss at serious risk of medication mishaps,” said Paul Schroeder, Vice President of Programs & Policy at the American Foundation for the Blind. "We applaud CVS/pharmacy for taking steps to provide speech access to label information for customers with vision loss along with its willingness to evaluate methods to improve large print labels."

"This agreement is a positive step that allows for a greater level of privacy, safety, and independence for blind and visually impaired Americans of all ages who take prescription medications," said Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind.

"The California Council of the Blind applauds CVS's willingness to offer access to the information on prescription medication labels. As a result of this initiative, persons who are blind or visually impaired who use CVS mail order to fill their prescription needs will have the same direct, and independent access to label information as do sighted customers," stated Donna Pomerantz, President, California Council of the Blind.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at http://info.cvscaremark.com.

Cell Phone Service for Blind & Visually Impaired

I'm passing along what seems to be some helpful information for those of you interested in accessible cell phone service.  Please see below:


Odin Mobile is proud to announce a cell phone service dedicated to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. We make available accessible cell phones, including the ODIN VI, a basic cell phone that is one hundred percent accessible to individuals who are blind. The ODIN VI speaks everything that is on the screen, speaks the keys that you press and prompts you to perform functions. The ODIN VI is incredibly easy to use and is ideal for seniors and others for whom a smart phone is "too much phone" or too expensive. Please listen to a great podcast demonstrating the ODIN VI, created by one of our customers.

Odin Mobile also offers the Nexus from Google, which has the latest in Android accessibility. Our customers are provided tutorials on the Nexus from our expert in android accessibility.Learn more about our phones and service at www.odinmobile.com. The ODIN VI is also available at www.perkinsproducts.org. Articles in the media regarding Odin Mobile can be read here.

New Electronic Magnifier Ideal for Check-Writing

Smartlux Digital for Check-Writing


Do you have trouble writing out your checks to pay bills? Are the lines on the check becoming faint? Do you write up hill or in a downward slant? Living with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or any eye disease that causes low vision, can often complicate routine everyday activities, such as check-writing.


The new Smartlux Digital portable electronic magnifier is a great tool to assist with such activities. What I love about this device is that it is simple to use! The Smartlux Digital is ideal to use for check-writing as it has 3 areas of application; hand-held for mobile use, with stand in fully extended position for reading, and with stand in half-extended position for writing.


The Smartlux Digital and other optical and non-optical devices for check-writing are available for demonstration at ForSight Vision by appointment.


Jennifer C. Zack, M.S., CLVT

Clinical Director & Certified Low Vision Therapist

2014 Large Print Calendars Are Here!

This very popular item in our store has arrived for the new year. Many folks with low vision really appreciate the large bold print these calendars offer. Please stop by ForSight vision between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm to pick up your large print calendar for $5.00. They make excellent gifts for your loved ones for the holiday season.


Keep in mind, our store has many devices and assistive aids for the visually impaired, including, but not limited to: talking watch keychains, talking clocks, tactile markings, check-writing guides, large print check registers, magnifying mirrors, bold writing pens, and more. And of course, we always have magnifiers and optical devices available BY APPOINTMENT.


Happy Holidays,

Jennifer C. Zack, M.S., CLVT

Clinical Director & Certified Low Vision Therapist

Resources for Veterans with Visual Impairment

I have been inspired by many of the people I work with; many of them visually impaired Veterans. One gentleman sticks out in my mind. We’ll call him Ted. Ted is into his 90’s, and lost vision from Macular Degeneration when he was 70 years old. He received services through the Veteran’s Administration- going to Lebanon VA and a residential program in Connecticut. He is extremely independent and knowledgeable about many low vision techniques, strategies, and devices. He follows through on using the devices. Ted is better at using a computer than many folks half his age. He loves to use the latest technology.


At ForSight Vision we provide support services and Low Vision Rehabilitation for all persons with visual impairment, including veterans. I encourage veterans to take part in our services, but I also want to make everyone aware of the VISOR program available through the Lebanon VA.


The VISOR program is a 10 day program designed to teach visually impaired veterans skills to transition back into the home and community. A veteran may have lost vision a result of combat, or experienced a loss of vision later in life; such as Ted, who lost his vision from Macular Degeneration at the age of 70. Ted learned how to cook, travel independently, and use the computer as a result of the program. He was provided with magnifiers and access technology equipment that provides him with the ability to read on his own.


Every time I work with a Veteran here, at ForSight Vision, I encourage them to look into the VISOR program. If you would like more information about the VISOR program at the Lebanon VA, please contact me and I’d be happy to make the referral.


Additionally, we recently celebrated White Cane Day. White Cane Day, and Veterans Day fall so closely together, I thought I would provide this link for you to check out in regards to Veterans and the White Cane. White Cane Safety Day provides options for blind veterans


Jennifer C. Zack, M.S., CLVT

Clinical Director / Certified Low Vision Therapist

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