Touch screens are causing serious accessibility issues for blind and visually impaired people

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Touch screen card machines are making blind and visually impaired people’s lives more difficult, with some people having to disclose their bank card’s pin number to staff in shops and restaurants.

In the past ten years, the rising trend of sleek and ‘modern’ design styles has led to touch screens being introduced to more and more technology products, from phones, washing machines, microwaves, hobs, lifts and card machines.

While this style may suit some, it is leading to serious accessibility issues for the blind and visually impaired community.

Kevin Kelly, National Strategic Partnerships Manager at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) said the widespread use of touch screens has been a huge source of frustration for blind and visually impaired people like himself.

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