Barclays has announced it will join the campaign by committing to roll out talking ATMs towards the end of 2012.
Speech output will be deployed on Barclays ATMs through audio jacks so that blind and partially sighted people will be able to plug in their earphones to listen to the options being read out to enable them to carry out their transactions.
"Our announcement today will mean that blind and partially sighted people will have greater access and choice when using ATMs, providing increased independence and privacy. We will be speech enabling our cash machines towards the end of next year and see this as an important part of our financial inclusion commitments" Bob Bond, chief UK distribution officer at Barclays.
"Today's news means I'll now be able to access my money whenever and where ever I want which is fantastic. It's going to make me much more independent and flexible with the way I get my cash. It's going to make me the same as everyone else" Rosemary, Barclays customer
"We are delighted that Barclays has become the first major high street bank to join our Make Money Talk campaign. We believe banks in the UK should provide ATMs with audio facilities for their blind and partially sighted customers, across their ATM networks, and now call for other banks to follow Barclays example." Lesley-Anne Alexander, RNIB Chief Executive.