Banking and financial services company Barclays is among winners of the Technology4Good Awards 2013, an annual event which celebrates the potential of technology to affect social change.
The award recognises Barclays’ use of technology in making its services more accessible to people with disabilities and impairments. This includes adapting more than 3,500 of its ATMs (automated teller machines, or cashpoints) – 84% of the bank’s network – so that they can be used with earphones, allowing people with impaired vision, dyslexia or other reading problems to listen to the on-screen options.
A range of brightly coloured ‘hi-vis’ debit cards, some with guidance arrows, have also been introduced by Barclays, to help visually impaired customers find the card easily and see which side needs to be inserted into an ATM or card reader.
Other winners of the Technology4Good Awards – organised by technology access charity AbilityNet – include user-led mental health charity Self Help Services, which provides services in the north of England, including computerised cognitive behavioural therapy services. After an initial in-person assessment, clients have access to a range of e-learning resources and other digital material.
The Local Digital Champion Award was won by Norman Hunter, who has worked with digital inclusion charity Go ON UK to help people gain basic IT skills.
More information on the Technology4Good Awards can be found at the event website, below:
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