Thursday, June 9, 2011

The problem with prescriptions

Prescriptions are definitely a part of our lives and a great blessing to us all, but when you are blind and are unable to read printed labels on boxes or bottles or read what your doctor or physician is asking you to take to your pharmacist, then here is where the challenge occurs.

At the best of times, the majority of the sighted world is unable to read the handwriting of their physician or doctor so just imagine what it would be like for us as blind persons. Whenever we ask a sighted person to read our prescriptions, we are literally at the mercy of how much time they can devote to reading it accurately to us. It may be time for our medical system to come up with some sort of way to enable us to read our own prescriptions. I can only make suggestions and hope for the best so here goes.

For those with computer access, email the prescriptions to us. This can also help sighted persons as well. Or maybe some sort of telephone system that enables us to hear our prescriptions? Or maybe a call for manufacturers to come up with some sort of device to help us read our prescriptions? Maybe some sort of label reader? Maybe we could use the Pen Friend reader to help us label our prescription boxes and bottles but here again, a sighted person’s time and help is needed to read the contents to us.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and discuss our prescription challenges with others. Visit to learn more about the Pen Friend.


  1. There may be hope on the way, ish. See although I like emailing them
    much better. Also I wonder if does warnings/side-effects? worth investigating.

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