Blind recognition bank notes issued by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) have attracted praise from the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA).
The association on Tuesday welcomed to the new and historic initiative by the ECCB, a release issued on behalf of the SLBWA stated.
The SLBWA is also pleased that the ECCB officials found it appropriate to engage the organization as a key stakeholder ahead of its own unveiling of a campaign launch to introduce the new currency notes in the near future, the release said.
It disclosed that Executive Director of the Blind Welfare Association, Anthony Avril and President of the Executive Council, Glen Simon, were among five representatives who attended the meeting.
Avril described the move to feature blind recognition features on bank notes as “seminal to global, regional and local efforts to promote the empowerment, inclusion and accessibility of blind and visually impaired persons to meet the standards enjoyed by their sighted counterparts.”
He was quoted as saying that empowering individuals with capacity to verify hard printed money bills independently, meets a fundamental requirement of democracy.
Asked what he admired most about the ECCB initiative, Council President, Glen Simon, explained that the target population would not have to know braille to identify the new denominations.
Simon expressed the view that the public in general, especially persons who conduct business at night, may find learning the tactile features of the bank notes very useful.