Barclays has announced plans to make its cash machines in the UK more accessible to blind people.
Refurbished ATMs offering audio facilities will be available towards the end of next year, enabling customers in need to carry out their transactions by plugging their headphones into an audio jack, and listening to the options being read out.
Elaine Draper, Head of Frontline Services, Retail Operations, Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking, said: “Our announcement will mean blind and partially sighted people will have greater access and choice when using ATMs providing increased independence and privacy.
“We will be speech enabling our cash machines towards the end of next year and see this as an important part of our financial inclusion commitments.”
Barclays announcement supports the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Make Money Talk campaign, which aims to make the UK’s ATM network accessible to the nearly 400,000 registered blind and partially sighted people in the country.