[tabi] Re: [VICUG-L] [leadership] CVS press release

  • From: "Blackjack" <blackjack2@xxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 21:06:25 -0400

This is great. I personally just use my debit card as a credit card. 


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For Immediate Release


Mike DeAngelis


(401) 770-2645

Mitch Pomerantz

American Council of the Blind

(626) 372-5150

Adrianna Montague-Gray

American Foundation for the Blind

(212) 502-7675

CVS/pharmacy Enhancing Accessibility for the Visually Impaired To Its Web
Site and Store Point-of-Sales Devices

Initiative Announced In Collaboration with State and National Organizations
for the Blind

WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 30, 2009:  CVS/pharmacy, the nation's 
largest retail
pharmacy, announced today that it is implementing functional 
improvements to
benefit its customers with visual impairments and other 
disabilities.  The
company has installed tactile keypads in all CVS stores and it 
will enhance
its website in 2009.

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

"We are pleased to collaborate with organizations committed to 
advocacy for
the blind and introduce service enhancements in our stores and 
online that
will increase access for our visually impaired customers," said 
Foulkes, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of 

Point-of-Sale Improvements

CVS/pharmacy's point-of-sale improvements are designed to assist 
who cannot read information on a flat-screen point-of-sale device 
therefore cannot privately enter their PIN or other confidential
information.  All CVS stores have been equipped, at a minimum, 
with a
tactile device at both the front check-out counter and the 
pharmacy counter
to ensure that customers unable to use a flat-screen keypad do 
not have to
provide their PIN to a store employee.  The company is also 
training its
store employees to provide appropriate interaction with visually 
customers regarding the use of the new tactile devices.

"Without tactile keys, blind and visually impaired people have no 
choice but
to share their PINs with strangers," explained Melanie Brunson, 
director of the American Council of the Blind.  "Today's 
announcement, and
the collaboration that led to it, demonstrates CVS/pharmacy's 
commitment to its blind and visually impaired customers."

Web Site Access

The initiative includes CVS/pharmacy's commitment to ensure that 
its online
pharmacy,  <http://www.cvs.com/> www.cvs.com, is accessible to 
persons with
a wide range of disabilities, including blind computer users who 
use a
screen reader or magnification technology on their computers and 
those who
rely on a keyboard instead of a mouse.  CVS.com will implement 
enhancements by the end of 2009.

"An accessible web site is crucial if people with vision loss are 
to obtain
goods, services and information on an equal footing," said Paul 
vice president, programs and policy group of the American 
Foundation for the
Blind.  "We appreciate CVS/pharmacy's commitment to ensure that 
CVS.com is
usable by the broadest range of online consumers, including those 
who have

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation 
is America's largest retail pharmacy with more than 6,900 
CVS/pharmacy and
Longs Drugs store locations.  CVS/pharmacy is committed to 
improving the
lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality 
health and
pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in 
its stores
and online at CVS.com.  General information about CVS/pharmacy 
and CVS
Caremark is available at  <http://www.cvscaremark.com/> 

About American Council of the Blind (ACB) and California Council 
of the
Blind (CCB) American Council of the Blind is a national 
advocacy organization working on behalf of blind and visually 
Americans throughout the country with members organized through 
70 state and
special-interest affiliates.  California Council of the Blind is 
California affiliate of the ACB and is a statewide membership 
with 40 local chapters and statewide special-interest 
associations.  ACB and
CCB are dedicated to improving the quality of life, equality of 
and independence of all people who have visual impairments.  
Their members
and affiliated organizations have a long history of commitment to 
advancement of policies and programs which will enhance 
independence for
people who are blind and visually impaired.  More information 
about ACB and
CCB can be found by visiting  <http://www.acb.org/> www.acb.org  
<http://www.ccbnet.org/> www.ccbnet.org.

About American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national 
nonprofit that
expands possibilities for people with vision loss.  AFB's 
priorities include
broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of 
information and
tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; 
and promoting
independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by 
providing them
and their families with relevant and timely resources.  AFB is 
also proud to
house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over 40 years that 
Keller worked tirelessly with AFB.  For more information, visit 
us online at
<http://www.afb.org/> www.afb.org.

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