Features to Assist People with a Vision Impairment
In order to assist people with vision impairment, the Reserve Bank incorporates the following three elements in banknote designs:
- length differentials between denominations;
- strong colour contrasts between denominations; and
- bold numerals.
These forms of assistance are very traditional ones. The Reserve Bank continues to look for new ways of assisting people with a vision impairment.
Blind Citizens Australia has developed a credit-card sized device that uses the length differentials to help distinguish banknotes. The Reserve Bank funded the project and the device is being provided by Blind Citizens Australia free to those in need. The toll free number for Blind Citizens Australia is 1800 033 660.