BRAILLE : A TOOL FOR MONEY TRANSACTION
Throughout the world, banks put ATM at the service of their customers to enable the latter to perform transactions on their respective bank accounts during and specially after banks opening hours. However, for several decades, in absence of the required facilities, persons with disabilities could not enjoy the benefits of ATMs.
An accessible ATM is at the height of a wheel chair user, has ramps and is also equipped with audio output and Braille keypads. Since the 1st July 2014, as per legal requirements, every bank in India should ensure that one third of its existing and future ATMs are accessible to persons with visual impairment with audio output and Braille keypads. Braille keypads allow persons with visual impairment to easily identify the keys they need to press on whilst the audio output serves as indication to the visually impaired who are not Braille literate.
In Mauritius, up to now, no ATMs have Braille keypads whilst some ATMs of the State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) have limited audio output. Inserting Braille on regular ATMs’ keypads is not expensive and can easily be done with a low-cost Braille labeller. The GRF welcomes the collaboration of the relevant authorities to put in place the required facilities to make all ATMs accessible to every type of disability for the benefit of our friends with disabilities who have the right to live in an inclusive society.