A Large Print Dilemma
I came across some interesting and hard-to-fathom information the other day through Maureen Duffy’s VisionAware blog. In its 2011 report on health care barriers for people who are blind or have low vision, the Equal Rights Center reports that of the hundreds of hospital and health facilities investigated across the nation, only 23% of doctors or hospitals offer patient information in large print????????? Now I don’t know about you, but this makes no sense. Even McDonald’s offers a large print menu.
But it got me to thinking about my experiences with health care and other facilities. My own ophthalmologist’s office has some large print magazines and most of the informational material is in easy-to-read/see format so that made me happy. They also have a computerized version of my ocular scan (in color too).
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, NY is a leader in easy-to understand information and signage. However some of the other offices I visit do not fare so well – the dentist, the orthopedist, the pharmacy come to mind. Check out your health care facilities and let me know what you find out.
There is other alarming news in the ERC report – 80% of the optometrists studied did not have the accessibility needed to perform an eye exam on someone who uses a wheelchair and only 1% of the pharmacies provided information in Braille. Mind boggling!
I do feel the medical community and product providers do not understand the important role they play in the well-being of people with low/no vision and discount ‘service’ responsibility in their policies and procedures.
Please read the ERC Report below and let’s work together to shed some ‘light’ on and improve these situations.
NEXT UP – WHY ARE RESTAURANTS SO DARK?