UAE mulls adding Braille to bank notes

Move is part of a broader plan that also includes modernising ATM machines - report
UAE mulls adding Braille to bank notes
By Beatrice Thomas
Sun 01 Jun 2014 01:16 PM

The UAE central bank is planning to include Braille on the edges of the country’s bank notes to enable blind people to recognise the value of the currency, it was reported.

Part of a broader plan that will also include modernising ATM machines to meet the needs of people with a disability, Wafa bin Sulaiman, director of the care and rehabilitation of the disabled at the Ministry of Social Affairs, said the Braille initiative would initially be included in AED50 and AED100 notes.

She said the central bank would provide the Ministry with models, which would then be presented to members of the blind community to select the most appropriate and easiest to identify, Al Ittihad newspaper reported.

Last month Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for the central bank to use Braille in the UAE’s bank notes.

Wafaa Sleiman, director of the Department of Welfare and Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons at the Ministry of Social Affair, said banks would also have to provide ATM machines suitable for people with motor disabilities and who used assistive devices such as mobility wheelchairs, crutches or a walker.

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