Banking

Launching Our Brief on Accessible Banking

At a Parliamentary function hosted by the Minister for Culture and Heritage, Hon Chris Finlayson, on 11 July, we launched our "brief" on accessible banking.

We all know I think that nowadays you can't do much in our society without a bank account. The days of being able to carry out all our transactions using hard cash are pretty much gone.

As blind and vision impaired people, we are unable to access the banking system with the same degree of independence, confidentiality and dignity afforded to our sighted counterparts. Divulging personal banking information to another party to execute transactions on our behalf compromises our rights, responsibilities and obligations to the bank, and exposes us to potential criminal behaviour.

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Money talks - where does it stop

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and concisely explains how the banking industry can best meet the needs of blind and vision impaired people, particularly given today's fast developing banking technology. Areas covered include customer services, EFTPOS machines, credit and EFTPOS card design and self service kiosks.

Is your website reaching everyone?

This briefing document is a supplement to the Great Barrier Brief and calls for all websites that provide services and information to the public to meet accepted accessibility standards. People nowadays take it for granted that we can carry out numerous everyday transactions online. For some people with disabilities who have limited transport options, the internet has opened up a whole new world of independence.

Money still talks, and now so do ATMs

For a number of years, the Association has been quietly working with the banking industry to push them towards introducing talking ATMs. ATMs, or automatic teller machines, often called cash machines, bank machines etc, are all over the place so people must use them.

Money talks and so should ATMs

Media release calling on banks to introduce talking automatic teller machines (ATMs) into New Zealand.

Fact sheet on accessible ATMs - money talks and so should ATMs

Briefly argues why banks should introduce talking automatic teller machines (ATMs) into New Zealand.

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