Nationwide unveils new bank cards for the blind

Nationwide Building Society has started issuing ‘dot and notch’ embossed and recycled bank cards for its blind customers.

The cards – certified by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) – will be the first to include the RNIB’s ‘Tried and Tested’ logo.

The dot feature on the card will enable its blind users to distinguish between debit and credit cards, while the notch feature will inform them which way round the card needs to be inserted into ATMs and card machines.

Nationwide noted the cards – which are made from 85% recycled plastic – will be issued to all members.

The company’s ATMs already provide those hard of sight will audio functionality that is able to read out the information on the screen.

RNIB director of services David Clarke said, “Simple changes to bank cards can make the world of difference to those with sight loss and we congratulate Nationwide on taking these steps to make banking a more inclusive and accessible experience for their blind and partially sighted customers.”

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