Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make prescriptions more accessible.
Much of society may still be under the impression that an accessible
prescription is one where a blind person needs only ask a sighted person for
help. That is, it is enough if a sighted person can read it to a blind
person but this is really not true accessibility. So how can this issue be
The answer may be much simpler than expected. Here are my thoughts to get
1. Make prescriptions available in electronic formats. That is, in readable
electronic formats such as word documents, RTF documents, and TXT documents.
This is quite easy to do as each time a document is created on your computer
it only requires a simple step to do this. In fact, and in most cases, when
you create your document you would normally store it in an electronic format
anyway. If you create a PDF document then it really does not require much
to put it into an accessible format. That is, into a format that a Blind
person can read.
2. You can offer these accessible prescriptions in two very simple ways.
You can send it as an email or you can put it on a USB flash drive. If the
person has enough vision to read large print then this is yet another way.
Producing your prescriptions in large print.
I think that as a whole, most of us would appreciate the ability to read
their own prescriptions without having to ask for help.