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Phil Raistrick, Visionary Founder of En-Vision America, Passes Away

PALMETTO, Fla., November 25, 2019 — It’s with great sadness, En-Vision America announces the passing of their beloved company founder Phil Raistrick. He sadly and suddenly passed on November 20, 2019. Phil was a giant of a man and a visionary who was dedicated to providing those with vision impairment greater independence through technology.

Portrait photo of Phil Raistrick, Founder of EnVision America

The company began in Phil’s basement. Phil and his two visually impaired brothers loved playing poker. While one knew the Braille, the other did not. That spark fed the flame that would become En-Vision America.

The i.d. mate, a talking barcode scanner, was born in 1996. Phil worked closely on developing the program that would evolve to the bar code scanner that we know and love today. It is tool that allows individuals with a vision impairment to barcode items and use the reader to identify these objects. In addition to allowing his brothers to better play poker, now they could identify millions of items that can be found in grocery stores today.

Not long after the barcode scanner, Phil worked on the problem of medication safety with the introduction of ScripTalk, a talking prescription reader. This system has expanded into tens of thousands of pharmacies throughout the nation and Canada and has evolved to include large print labels, Braille labels, dual-language labels and Controlled Substance Safety Labels.

“With all his heart, Phil loved this company and what we stand for,” says David Raistrick, En-Vision America’s Vice President. “We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him to make a difference in the lives of others. It is because of him that we will carry on helping so many people around this world.”


The funeral was held Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes at 5624 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209.

An Illinois memorial will also be held.

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