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Helping Parishioners who are Blind, Visually or Print Impaired

Jesus Healing A Blind ManSome people in your church community are risking their lives every day because they cannot clearly read the information on their prescription drug labels. Accessible labels are widely available to help elderly, blind, visually and print impaired people safely manage their medications, but most folks are unaware of these zero-cost options. 

Why is Advocacy Important?

Advocacy is an incredibly valuable tool for spreading awareness and reaching these parishioners. By talking about accessible technology, particularly accessible prescription labels, you are helping to get the message to people who might otherwise never realize that they have options for living safely and independently.

Why Advocate for Accessible Prescription Labels in Particular?

People who cannot clearly read their prescription labels are at risk for medication errors, and sometimes even death. By spreading the word about these labels in your church community, you’re campaigning for the safety of people who are visually and print impaired. You are advocating to save lives.

What are Some Ways I can Advocate?

Learn about accessible prescription labels, then spread the word with your church group, ministry, parishioners… it’s that simple!

  • Request an info pack (use form below.)
  • Request a demo ScripTalk talking prescription reader (provided on loan at no charge) to show parishioners, ministries and other groups how large print, Braille and talking labels work.
  • Hold a monthly health event to tell your church community about accessible prescription labels and demonstrate how they work.
  • Publicize by sharing announcements before Mass, publish information in weekly bulletin, promote demos at other church events (fish fry, picnics, fundraisers).
  • Promote your events with local newspapers, radio and TV stations.
  • Post activities on your church’s website and social media. 
  • Participate in MSAB month every October to spread the word into your extended community!

By advocating for people who are blind, visually or print impaired, you’re helping to save lives.

Advocate Info Pack for Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind

Advocate Info Pack can include (from left to right) NCD brochure, MSAB flyer, ScripTalk, ScriptView and Braille brochures, *ScripTalk Station demo unit, sample bottle with talking, large print and Braille labels, and  *ScripTalk app demo bottle (*only if requested).

Advocate Info Pack Form/Demo Request

Name

Church Name

Ministry/Church Group Name

Email

Phone

Resources:

Brochure: National Council on Disability NCD Best Practices Prescription Drug Labeling

Fact Sheet: Accessible Prescription Drug Labeling Fact Sheet

Flyer: Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind MSAB campaign flyer

Video: Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind advocate video

 

Some Background Information and Accessibility Laws:

ADA and Effective Communication

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

United States Access Board Best Practices 

Nevada SB 131

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