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Euro "easy" for blind and visually impaired

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Blind and visually impaired people should find the new euro notes and coins easy to use, according to advocates for the groups.

This content was published on December 31, 2001 - 14:55

The Swiss Federation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (SFBV) said the needs of its members were taken into account when the new currency was drawn up.

On the notes, figures representing the value are large and prominent enough to be identified by touch alone. The coins can be distinguished thanks to different indentations, size and weight.

Brightly contrasting colours have also been used in the notes, helping the visually impaired.

According to the SFBV, the new currency is easier to get to grips with than those currently in use in the 12 participating euro states.

A small calibrating instrument has also been developed to help customers work out which coins they have in their hand. It can also be used to differentiate between the various notes, which all come in different sizes.

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