Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has asked banks to install automated teller machines (ATMs) at select locations across the country for people with special needs, as part of a broader policy to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy equal rights and access to technologies provided by both, public and private sectors, The Peninsula reported. As part of the policy, the QCB has asked banks to install ATMs that could be used by people on wheelchair as well as those who are visually impaired. Banks should take into consideration the height of ATMs, and the track for movement of the wheelchair. And ATMs that allow the use of Braille alphabets and voice software technology should be installed for the visually impaired. For every 20 normal ATMs, a bank must have an ATM for people with special needs, the QCB said in its guidelines that were framed earlier but were brought into public domain recently.
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