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2014-03-18 12:31:43

New service on CVS.com is the result of a collaboration with state and national organizations for the blind WOONSOCKET, R.I., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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...

2013-06-27 08:30:52

Broad-based Initiative Praised by Blind Community Leaders NEW YORK, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Weight Watchers International, Inc. (NYSE: WTW) today announced its ongoing initiative to make its websites, mobile applications and print information more accessible and inclusive for its members and subscribers with visual impairments. The efforts were praised by blind community leaders. Weight Watchers has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 level AA...

2012-11-27 16:26:03

BALTIMORE, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind, the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people, today urged the United States Senate to ratify the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Senate voted today to consider ratification of the treaty, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120815/MM57966LOGO) Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National...

2012-06-05 06:26:21

NEW YORK, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans with visual impairments will gain expanded accessibility to baseball through the continuation of a joint collaboration between MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, the American Council of the Blind, Bay State Council of the Blind and California Council of the Blind. MLBAM has maintained its leadership position among sports and entertainment companies through its continued...

2012-05-25 02:21:25

ARLINGTON, Va., May 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blind and visually impaired citizens came one step closer to gaining independent and private access to the information contained on their prescription drug labels as the United States Senate passed S.3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. "Knowing what medication you are taking and the quantity is something that most individuals without vision loss take for granted," said Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American...

2011-10-17 06:45:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with an annual nationwide event, White Cane Safety Day, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) today released an updated edition of its Pedestrian Safety Handbook, a publication which informs people who are blind and visually impaired, their families, and others about contemporary approaches to assuring safe paths of travel for blind pedestrians and effective ways to advocate for accommodations like accessible pedestrian signals,...

2011-10-07 06:45:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week when Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire, it marked yet another product offering that the blind community will not be able to use. Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), said, "I had expected that, unlike previous releases of Kindle devices, Amazon would have included accessibility to Kindle Fire for people with disabilities right from its design phase given the accessibility that has been included in...

2011-08-16 07:15:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the American Council of the Blind (ACB) announced it will be working with Google Inc. to survey blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind individuals to better understand how they use computers and assistive technology to access information. "Having access to information through the use of accessible technology is paramount in this day and age for education, employment and social networking. Many studies have evaluated how users generally...

2011-07-29 06:45:00

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is proud to reveal the winners of the 2011 "Young Described Film Critic" Awards, a "Listening Is Learning" initiative of the Council's Audio Description Project (ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP). The winners of this year's honors are: Senior Category (ages 15 to 18) (*two* First Place awards -- a tie): First Place - Chante Richardson, El Paso, TX (University of Texas at El Paso) for...

2011-07-29 06:40:00

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the 2011 Achievement Awards in Audio Description, an initiative of the Council's Audio Description Project (ADP). In conjunction with ACB's 50th annual conference and convention in Reno, NV, the awards were presented at a plenary session attended by over 1500 ACB members. The prestigious awards included: Achievement in Audio Description - Media: Harry A. Jessell, TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ...