Daniel tries out banking gadgets during Disabled Access Day

Posted: 28/03/2017 | Education,

Student Daniel Murphy had a hands on experience of banking during an annual celebration of public places with good accessibility.

The 18-year-old was invited to Barclays Bank in Princes Street, Edinburgh, on March 10 to find out more about the assistive technologies on offer to visually impaired people.

Pupil uses banking gadget Daniel, who attends the Royal Blind School, tried out voice over technology at the cash points and tried out the bank’s ‘bPay’ contactless payment wristbands.

Barclays also hosted stalls from disability organisations including RNIB.

Royal Blind School Habilitation Specialist, Nancy Pinkerton, said: “Daniel really enjoyed himself learning about the different technologies available at Barclays.

“Disabled Access Day is all about highlighting the fantastic access that already exists in public places. It’s a great way for people to enter venues and speak to people about what accessibility features there are on offer.”

Disabled Access Day began in 2015 as a day to celebrate good access and created opportunities for people to try something new.

Disabled Access Day is sponsored by Euan’s Guide – a listing and review site that helps disabled people, their friends and families know which venues that are accessible.

Kiki MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan's Guide, explains: "We were inspired by the idea of Disabled Access Day and the potential for it to increase the numbers of conversations between venues and disabled people, as well as to raise the profile of disabled access.

“We were delighted by the backing from many venues, organisations and businesses that got involved, in particular their appetite to improve their own accessibility and to get more feedback from disabled people."