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Using braille text: Debit card for people with impaired vision

Close your eyes for a moment: Now how do you tell the difference between the front and back of a debit card? How do you know in which direction you need to insert the card in an ATM or a POS terminal? Exactly!

This is why Bank Austria developed the first debit card in Austria for people with impaired vision. It is particularly easy to read thanks to its extra-large font size and a stronger contrast, plus labelling in braille.

 

Debit card with braille

The debit card was developed in cooperation with the Austrian support community for the blind and visually impaired and its colour and design are precisely tailored to the needs of people with impaired vision. For people with visual impairment, switching to this special debit card is free of charge on presentation of their disability certificate showing they have impaired vision, or their membership card of the Austrian support community for the blind and visually impaired.

"This specially developed debit card is characterised by an extra-large font and strong contrasts, and is ideally suited for people with impaired vision. For blind people, it has the letters "BA" in the lower right corner in very easy to detect braille dots. This marking identifies the card from other cards and helps the user to detect in which direction it needs to be inserted in self-service machines. Bank Austria therefore assists a target group of 318,000 visually impaired and blind people throughout Austria in their daily cash transactions, and makes an important contribution to inclusion. We are delighted to have been invited to assist Bank Austria in the development of accessible offerings for visually impaired customers!"

Mag. Irene Vogel, Managing Director of the Austrian support community for the blind and visually impaired [Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs]

Fact box: Debit card for people with impaired vision
The debit card covers all the services of a Bank Austria BankCard (debit card) and, among others, supports:

  • Cashless payment or cash withdrawals at POS terminals and ATMs marked with the Maestro logo
  • Contactless payments up to EUR 25 without having to enter a PIN
  • Printing out account statements and placing instructions for bank transfers around the clock in Bank Austria’s self-service foyers
  • Identification at cash desks and counters

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