Website Guidelines and Legal

The Basics

Your Communication Team is responsible for website layout and content, while your Technology Access Team is responsible for development and testing. Belinda Eigen serves as our paid developer/webmaster and Autumn Imhoff serves as our posting administrator. Together, the Communications Team Liaison (currently, Will Grignon), the Technology Team Liaison (TBD), Belinda, and Autumn form the PCB Website Team.


Layout and Functionality

The website is designed with ease of access, navigability, and user-friendliness in mind. To this end, the Website Team has built a clean, direct, and logical website, with no distracting, impeding, or unnecessary clutter.


Image submissions

All images must be submitted with an alt-tag caption, briefly describing the image and identifying persons captured in the image. If your image submission is not accompanied by an alt-tag caption, it will not be posted.

Currently, the website does not have the technical capability for generating audio description of videos, hence, you are encouraged to do your best to convey the purport of a video with a text description.

If you use images or videos that you have not produced, you must still follow alt-tag and description rules set forth above, as well as ensure that your posting does not violate copyright laws or use restrictions.


Your responsibilities

The Board, each team, each chapter and affiliate, and the Director is solely responsible for the content of its page. You are responsible for the appearance, the accuracy, the completeness, the currency, and the legality of all content. Hence, you are responsible for proofing and updating everything that appears on your webpage.

The Website Team shall facilitate posting and assist with the resolution of technical issues, but it performs no editorial function, claims no responsibility for content, or accepts any liability for typos, errors, or obsolete data.

The Website Team does, however, reserve the right to deny posting of any obscene, libelous, or offensive material. Should you dispute a denial of posting, you may appeal the denial to the Communications Team for adjudication.


The Process

When you have material that is ready for posting, simply send it in an email to Autumn at In the subject line, state your entity name and the text, “website posting.” In the email, tell Autumn:

On what page the material should go

Where on the page the material should go

And what (if any) content it is replacing/updating, by including the material to be replaced then the material that will be replacing it.

Autumn will let you know via Reply email that your material has been posted. Once you receive Autumn’s confirmatory email, please check your webpage and determine if the posting complies with your submission request.

We ask that you bundle your webpage changes so that we can most efficiently and effectively use Autumn’s posting skills.


Commercial activity on your page

PCB recognizes that various entities within the PCB network will, from time to time, engage in fundraising activities and that such activities may result in commercial activity on an entity’s webpage. Such fundraising commercial activity is permitted on your webpage, so long as you clearly indicate that it is a fundraiser, who is doing the fundraising, who will benefit from the fundraising, and whether participation and/or donations are tax-deductible.

Commercial activity promoting products or services not related to blindness or vision loss is prohibited on your webpage.

Products or services related to blindness or vision loss may be promoted on your webpage, so long as such promotion is part of an informational article, advocacy effort, or personal story. Such promotion must be accompanied by a disclaimer: Products and services promoted on this webpage are not necessarily endorsed by the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind.


Technical Difficulties with Your Page

Again, the Website Team is not responsible for the content of your webpage: you are. Should your webpage experience technical difficulties, contact Belinda at



Website enhancement

Your Website Team is always interested in improving the website, so if you have an idea on how we can do this, please contact Autumn via email, explaining your idea, and she will circulate your idea to the Website Team.


Terms of Use, Disclaimers, and Privacy Policy


Terms and Conditions

By using, the “Site” you agree to be bound by and accept the following terms and conditions. Please read them carefully.


Information Disclaimer

All information on the Site is intended for general information. It is not a substitute for medical, legal, financial, blind services, or any kind of professional advice. Irrespective of what you may have read, seen, gleaned, or inferred from this site, always consult your professional before embarking on any change to your life.


Copyright and Trademark Notice

All designs, text, graphics, pictures and arrangement on this website are the copyright of the Site or its content providers. Permission is granted to users to electronically copy or print portions of this site for their own personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of materials on this site without the Sites prior written consent is strictly prohibited. All images, audio and video clips are the sole property of the Site or their respective content providers.

All software used on the site is the sole property of the Sites or those supplying the software. You acknowledge that the site contains content and software that are protected by copyrights, trademarks, or other intellectual property rights, and that these rights are valid and maybe protected in all forms, media and technologies which exist now or are developed in the future. You may use the content of this site only for the purpose of consuming, sharing, or producing content and for no other purpose. No materials from this site may be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means without the Sites prior written permission. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Any unauthorized use of the materials appearing on this site may violate copyright, trademark and other applicable laws and could result in criminal or civil penalties.


Disclaimer and Limitation of Use of Site

the Site reserves the right to correct any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies, we do not accept any responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, currency, or completeness of any information, content, materials, services, products, merchandise, functionality, or other resource(s) available on or accessible through the service (even typographical or imaging errors), including the substance, accuracy, or sufficiency of any service or product information listed on the service. Further, we do not represent that the service will operate without interruption or error.

the Site does not accept any liability for the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any resources contained on or made available through the service, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise.

the Site also does not accept any responsibility for technical failures or for unauthorized access of user transmissions or materials by third parties.

Limitation of Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall the Site its suppliers, vendors, respective employees, officers, directors, agents, affiliates, suppliers, vendors, licensors, co-branders, or partners be liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from any loss of use, loss of data, loss of profits, business interruption, litigation, or any other pecuniary loss, whether based on breach of contract, tort (including negligence), product liability, or otherwise arising out of or in any way connected with the use, operation, or performance of the service, with the delay or inability to use the service, any defects in the service, or with the provision of, or failure to make available, any information, services, products, materials, or other resources available on or accessible through the service, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

Neither the Site nor its suppliers or vendors guarantee the sequence, accuracy, or completeness of any information or content available through the service and shall not be liable in any way to you or anyone else who may use the information or content or to whom the information or content may be furnished, for any delays, inaccuracies, unavailability, errors, or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damage arising therefrom or occasioned thereby.

The operation of the service may be affected by numerous factors beyond the Site or its suppliers’ or vendors’ control. The operation of the service – whether by the Site, its suppliers, or its vendors – may not be secure. Security and privacy risks cannot be eliminated. Password protection and any other security measures may not prevent unauthorized access to materials.

With respect to products, goods, or services purchased through the Site suppliers’ and vendors’ sites, in no event shall any the Site party be liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever, resulting from any loss of use, loss of profits, litigation, or any other pecuniary loss, whether based on breach of contract, tort (including negligence), product liability, or otherwise, arising out of or in any way connected with the provision of or failure to make available any such products, goods, or services, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

Furthermore, the Site explicitly disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy, content, or availability of information found on sites that link to or from the site from third parties. We cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in third-party sites, and you hereby irrevocably waive any claim against us with respect to such sites.

Under no circumstances shall we or any other party involved in creating, producing, or distributing the site be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages for loss of profits, good will, use, data or other intangible losses (even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages) that result from:


The use of or inability to use the site

The cost of procurement of substitute goods and services resulting from any data, information or services purchased or obtained or messages received or transactions entered into through or from the site

Unauthorized access to or alteration of your registration information, transmissions or data

Statements or conduct of any third party on the site

Negligent or willful acts of the Site, its directors, officers, employees and representatives

Any other matter relating to the site.

You agree to indemnify and hold the Site, and our directors, officers, employees and representatives harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable legal fees, made by any you or any third party due to or arising out of the content you submit, post to or transmit through the site, your use of the site, your connection to the site, your violation of the terms of use, or your violation of any rights of another.

You acknowledge and agree that the limitations set forth above are fundamental elements of this agreement and the service would not be provided to you absent such limitations.


Your Account Obligations

In consideration of your use of the site, you agree to:

Provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the registration form (the “registration information”); and

maintain and promptly update the registration information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and registration and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password and registration. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. the Site considers this registration information private. The information is kept on a secure server to protect it from outside parties. We use the information only for the limited purposes of processing your orders, for statistical purposes to improve our site and services to you, to administer our site, and to notify you of information that may be of interest to you.

If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we may suspend or terminate your registration and refuse any and all current and future use of the site.


Payment Methods

Credit cards: we accept all major credit cards including Visa and MasterCard. There may be a small surcharge for Visa or MasterCard transactions with the Site. Please be sure to provide your exact billing address and telephone number – the address and phone number your credit card bank has on file for you. Your credit card will be billed as soon as your order is placed. This is done to protect the security of your credit card details, as we do not store your card details at any point. Incorrect information may cause a delay in processing your order. In the event that we cannot fulfill your order or some items cannot be shipped, we will refund the difference back to your credit card. These refunds may take several business days to appear on your statement.


Your Conduct

You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the site, use of the site, or access to the site. You agree not to access the site by any means other than through the interface that is provided by us for use in accessing the site.


Our Rights

The Site may terminate your access or suspend your access to all or part of the site, without notice, for any conduct that we, in our sole discretion, believe is in violation of any applicable law or is harmful to the interests of another user, a third-party provider, merchant, sponsor, licensor, service provider, or us.

The Site may elect to electronically monitor areas of the site and may disclose any content, records, or electronic communication of any kind:

To satisfy any law, regulation, or government request

If such disclosure is necessary or appropriate to operate the site T

To protect our rights or property or the rights of the users, our directors, employees, representatives, sponsors, third party providers or licensors. We are not responsible for screening, policing, editing, or monitoring such content.


Applicable Law

As far as legally possible this agreement, its terms and conditions and the use of this site shall be governed by the laws in existence from time to time in Pennsylvania, USA. Any claim relating to the site, the services provided through the site or the Pennsylvania law shall govern the content.



This agreement is effective until terminated by either party. If you no longer agree to be bound by this agreement, you must cease your use of the service, including any access thereto. Your use of the service is at your sole risk. If you are dissatisfied with the service, its content, or any of the terms, conditions, and policies of this agreement, your sole and exclusive legal remedy is to discontinue using the service.

These terms are effective even if this agreement is terminated by either party. Subject to applicable law, we reserve the right to suspend or deny, in our sole discretion, your access to all or any portion of the site with or without notice.

You agree that any termination of your access to the site may be effected without prior notice and you acknowledge and agree that we may immediately deactivate or delete your registration and all related information and files under your registration and bar any further access to such files or the site.

If you breach any provision of this agreement, then you may no longer use the service. Further, you agree that we shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the site.


General Information

These terms of use constitute the entire agreement between the Site and you and govern the use of the site. You may also be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the terms of use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the terms of use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the terms of use remain in full force and effect.


Privacy Policy



In this policy, “personal information” includes any information that can be used to personally identify you. This may include (but is not limited to) your name, age, gender, address, contact details (including phone numbers and email addresses) images of you, your biometric data and financial information, including your payment information. If the information we collect personally identifies you, or you are reasonably identifiable from it, then the information is considered personal information.



We may collect the following types of personal information:


Image, sound and biometric data, such as height

Mailing or street address


Email address

Telephone number

Age or birth date

Profession, occupation or job title

Personal information that is available through social media

Any additional personal information that you provide to us directly or indirectly through our websites, apps or in-store or through our representatives, through use of our services or otherwise; and

Information you provide to us through our peer contact or peer surveys, or that is publicly available



We do this in a variety of ways, including when you:

Purchase products or services from us

Access and use our websites, apps and communications, including registration details and information relating to your use of the website and the services, such as the content you access (for example, the products you have viewed, or the search queries you input)

Interact with us through live chat on our websites

Complete an application for a product or service

Enter promotions that we run or facilitate

Interact with us on social media

You agree that we may also collect personal information from third parties, including:

Third party companies such as credit reporting agencies, other retailers (for the purpose of preventing criminal behavior), law enforcement agencies, and other government entities


Mailing lists

Contractors and business partners

Suppliers or manufacturers


If you choose not to provide us with the personal information described within this policy, then:

We may not be able to provide you with the product or services you have requested, either to the same standard or at all

We may not be able to provide you with information about products or services that you may want

We may not be able to tailor our content, website and communications for your preferences


The primary purpose for which we collect information about you is to enable us to perform our advocacy activities and to provide the best possible customer service.

We collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information for the following purposes:

To provide services to you

To provide you with information or advice

To communicate with you and process your requests

To provide you with access to secure areas of our websites, apps or notices about updates to the functionality of our websites

To verify your identity

To provide to third parties if you have authorized us to do so

To conduct technical and service analysis

To investigate if we have reason to suspect a breach of any of our terms and conditions or any suspected unlawful activity

To help prevent unlawful activity

To link previous actions that you have taken on our website with historic data that we have collected but have not been able to identify as yours.

As required or permitted by any law

Your personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or disclosed other than as described within


Viewpoint Disclaimer

The opinions, viewpoints, and positions expressed by peers, guests, and third-party participants in any part of the PCB website are those of the party making said opinions, viewpoints, and positions, and do not necessarily represent the opinions, viewpoints, or positions of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, its officers and directors, its employees, or its agents, representatives, vendors, volunteers, or third-party providers.

PCB and its duly authorized representatives will expressly state when an opinion, viewpoint, or position represents the official opinion, viewpoint, or position of PCB. Absent such notice, it must be concluded that the material is subject to this viewpoint disclaimer.


Errors and Omissions



While we endeavor to supply accurate information on this site, errors and omissions may occur. PCB does not accept any liability, direct or indirect, for any loss or damage which may directly or indirectly result from any advice, opinion, information, representation or omission whether negligent or otherwise, contained on this site. You are solely responsible for the actions you take in reliance on the content on, or accessed, through this site.

PCB reserves the right to make changes to the content on this site at any time and without notice.

To the extent permitted by Pennsylvania law, PCB makes no warranties in relation to the merchantability, fitness for purpose, freedom from computer virus, accuracy or availability of this web site or any other web site.


Intellectual Property

PCB, its suppliers, advertisers or third-party providers, own all copyright and other intellectual property in this site. Everything on this site, unless otherwise stated, is copyright.

PCB welcomes the use of this site for personal use, non-commercial use, research or study – provided that the user acknowledges all copyright and other notices contained in the content.

We advise that you may not copy or display for redistribution to third parties, or for commercial purposes, any portion of this site without the express permission of PCB.



Please note that although this site has some hyperlinks to other third-party websites, these sites have not been prepared by PCB and are not under the control of PCB. The links are only provided as a convenience, and do not imply that PCB endorses, checks, or approves of the third-party site. PCB is not responsible for the privacy principles or content of these third-party sites. PCB is not responsible for the availability of any of these links.

PCB requires that you request our permission to include a link from another site to this site. If you would like to request permission, please contact the Website Team via email to Autumn.

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