Accessibility news10 June 2021
At the end of May, great news came from Canada, where, as part of the National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), the introduction of new payment terminals with a high level of accessibility for blind users was announced. The terminals were developed as part of a collaboration between the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) and the Government of Canada.
Accessibility enhancements will be available to all electronic payment terminals from Moneris Solutions Corporation ("Moneris") and will support larger font sizes, increased screen contrast, and bilingual audio prompts with clear instructions.
All of this will help visually impaired Canadians make payments smoothly and easily.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Karla Qualtrow noted the importance of the innovation: “As Minister responsible for Disability Inclusion, and as a person with a visual impairment, I understand the importance of these new changes. Knowing that I could go to the grocery store, to the pharmacy or to the mall with the confidence that I can make payments easily and without assistance is a game changer. This really is an issue of personal autonomy and independence”
Such technologies make our society even closer to a society where there are no barriers to accessibility.
You can read a full text of the story by the link: https://www.cnib.ca/en/news/government-canada-supports-new-technology-make-electronic-payment-terminals-accessible-persons?region=on