Bank notes to help blind people

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Australia has just release a new $5 bank note. There is a tiny new feature designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

The A$5 note has two raised dots on both of its long sides, allowing those who cannot see to identify its value.

It’s the country’s first note to feature the raised dots, and is being hailed as a major breakthrough. “For the first time in the history of Australian currency it will be possible for someone who is blind or vision-impaired to just pick up a note and know instantly what it is,” says Bruce Maguire from the non-profit Vision Australia organisation.

There  is around 360,000 Australians who are blind or visually impaired.

The new design follows a petition started in 2012 by teenager Connor McLeod, who is blind from birth, and his mother. It gathered more than 57,000 signatures and is being credited with persuading the Reserve Bank of Australia to make the change.

From next year, the Bank of England will include raised dots on new £10 and £20 notes.

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Vienna
5 years ago

Cool I have a friend that is blind I am going to tell her now! She is going to be amazed

hannah
hannah
5 years ago

that so nice that queen giving money to people blind good for you.

TOXIC CHICKEN
TOXIC CHICKEN
5 years ago

Someone usually has to go with a blind person to make sure they don’t trip or walk into the road so they can do the maths and not the blind people!!!

TOXIC CHICKEN
TOXIC CHICKEN
5 years ago

But this is still great news anyway

Killerwhale6971
Killerwhale6971
5 years ago

That’s really good for blind people

brielle
brielle
5 years ago

that is interesting and helpful

Confused Maya
Confused Maya
5 years ago

Okay i’m confused.?

nellied
nellied
5 years ago

thats cool

nellied
nellied
5 years ago

thats is cool but weird

nmnmnm
nmnmnm
5 years ago

Wow that is very clever

i dont know
i dont know
5 years ago

wow thats so good now blind people will have a good time(:

colepearce
colepearce
5 years ago

That is……..THE MOST BRILLIANT IDEA OF ALL TIME!

Tigersrock
Tigersrock
5 years ago

that is so kind! I hope they can do it for $10 and $20. I think that is awesome

joelnils
joelnils
5 years ago

Great news for AUS. That might attract blind people to AUS aswell

EMILY =)
EMILY =)
5 years ago

That is so cool!!

Increduble
Increduble
5 years ago

That is just incredible!!!

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