Having a visual impairment creates challenges for performing routine tasks which are necessary for everyday life. One of those difficulties involves properly reading prescription labels. When I worked with students or adults with visual impairments, placing Braille labels on medications was one way of accomplishing this task. Another involved organizing the medications in a box by when it would be taken during the day. However, there is another option as well which CVS pharmacy is using.
After structured negotiations between CVS, national, and state groups representing the interests of individuals with visual impairments, the pharmacy will now offer “talking” prescription labels via its online service. When prescriptions are ordered for home delivery, CVS.com will provide ScripTalk labels for individuals with vision loss. The ScripTalk labels allow for convenient and safe access to information for individuals who have difficulty reading the words on the medication bottles. A free ScripTalk reader can be acquired from Envision America. The device will allow individuals who are blind or have low vision to listen to the ScripTalk labels. The ScripTalk labels are free for customers of CVS.com. To receive the labels from CVS.com, customers must call: 888-861-4363.
A spokesperson for CVS Pharmacy pointed out the company is pleased to provide the labels. Doing so helps the company fulfill its purpose of aiding people with their health needs. The American Foundation for the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and the California Council of the Blind applaud the efforts of CVS. A spokesperson for the American Council of the Blind indicated the agreement allows for more independence, privacy, and safety for people of every age who have visual impairments. With vision loss becoming more common in our society, accessing adequate information on prescription labels is crucial for people who have vision loss just like those who are fully sighted. CVS has taken a major step in making sure that occurs.
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