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

  • From: "Betsy" <betsaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 05:14:26 -0400

Way to go CVS!  I'm been shopping on their website for several years and while 
I can make it work, am very much looking forward to seeing some improvement.  
It had become quite tedious to use so it will be interesting to see what they 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynn Evans 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 8:59 PM
  Subject: [tabi] [VICUG-L] [leadership] CVS press release

  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 
  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 
  (NYSE: CVS),
  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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