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

  • From: "Yvonne Britton" <ladyvwithlove@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:22:25 -0500

Hi, Betsy Send me your email address I have another computer and I need to put 
you in my address book.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Betsy 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 4:14 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: [VICUG-L] [leadership] CVS press release

  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 do.

    ----- 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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