Today the world celebrates world disability day. It is an opportunity for all to reflect on the achievements we have made over the years and to set goals based on where we would like to be in the future.
One such achievement we would like to celebrate as a community of blind and visually impaired persons, is the decision and implementation by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago to make the TT currency identifiable for benefit of the blind and visually impaired.
The first denomination was launched on Monday, November 30th2015. This is the $50 note. It has a raised or embossed circle on the corner of the $50 note. Once a person who is blind moves his or her fingers across the note it could be identified immediately.
As other denominations come on stream there would be other raised or embossed symbols to identify them.
$1 would have a raised or embossed triangle.
$5 would have a raised or embossed triangle inside of a triangle.
$10 would be a raised or embossed square.
$20 would have a raised or embossed square inside a square.
$100 would be a raised or embossed x.
According to the Executive Officer of the TT-SLBWA: “No longer would a person who is blind need the assistance of a person who is sighted to identify his or her money. We can now do this task independently. It feels good to know that we as a community of blind and visually impaired persons could access the TT dollar just like our sighted folks.