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Re: ATM Access

From: Francisco Godinho <f.godinho@mail.telepac.pt>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 23:53:56 +0100
To: "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <01bebf5d$9b58bba0$ecb541c2@Host.telepac.pt>
Hello David,

In Portugal, the new multimedia ATMs were prepared for blind people.
There is a key to activate voice instructions for blind customers.

Concerning web accessibility, we are waiting good news
from the Portuguese Parliament and Government at the end
of the next week.
Francisco Godinho
PASIG - Portuguese Accessibility Special Interest Group

-----Original Message-----
From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Date: Quarta-feira, 23 de Junho de 1999 18:55
Subject: ATM Access

>I'm posting this here as much of it will be ported from the web and I
>thought some might want to rais other advocacy issues as well.
>if atms get their info from the web then they become user agents.  
>-------- Original M
>A Professional Corporation
>1300 Clay Street, 11th Floor
>Oakland, CA  94612
>Law Office of Elaine B. Feingold
>1524 Scenic Avenue
>Berkeley, CA  94708
>Larry Haeg
>                                                CONTACT:        Leni
>Elaine B. Feingold
>        SAN FRANCISCO, CA  June 23, 1999 - Wells Fargo and the
>California Council of the Blind announced today what they believe to
>be the first plan in the nation for developing and installing talking
>ATMs.  The plan calls for Wells Fargo to pilot 20 talking ATMs in the
>Bay Area and Los Angeles and San Diego counties.  After the successful
>completion of the pilot next year, Wells Fargo will begin to install a
>talking ATM at each of the more than 1,500 Wells Fargo ATM locations
>in California.
>        The technology, still in development, will give voice
>instruction to users who cannot read information on an ATM screen, on
>how to deposit money, withdraw cash, transfer funds and buy stamps. 
>The ATMs will have audio jacks to deliver voice information privately
>to protect the security of blind and low vision users.
>        "Wells Fargo has shown a tremendous commitment to the blind
>and low vision community, more than any other financial services
>company in the nation that we know of," said Catherine Skivers,
>president of the California Council of the Blind.  "They've worked
>hard with us to improve access to their ATMs for a very important
>segment of customers."
>        "Our number one priority is customer service.  We've been
>following the development of this promising technology and we look
>forward to testing and rolling out talking ATMs and to working closely
>with the California Council of the Blind to improve ATM access for
>vision impaired customers," said Terri Dial, Wells Fargo's head of
>retail banking in California.
>        The California Council, with 46 chapters statewide, is an
>affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.  Four blind
>individuals; the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund,
>Berkeley; the law firm of Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller,
>Oakland; and the Law Office of Elaine B. Feingold, Berkeley; also
>participated in the planning.
>        In California, Wells Fargo - a diversified financial services
>company - provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgages, and
>consumer finance from more than 1,300 stores and other distribution
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