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Blind Society Thankful For Braille $50 Note

Ms Farouk said, for many years, people living with visual impairments have struggled to differentiate the currency notes and coins and that has always resulted in bad tricks used against them.
14 Oct 2020 12:16
Blind Society Thankful For Braille $50 Note
Vereonica Narayan, a teacher at the Fiji Society for Blind school feels the Braille feature on a new Fiji $50 note, making it the first Fijian currency note to feature Braille. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji Society for the Blind executive director, Barbara Farouk, says the society is immensely grateful for the idea to braille the new $50 Fiji Independence day commemorative currency note.

Ms Farouk said, for many years, people living with visual impairments have struggled to differentiate the currency notes and coins and that has always resulted in bad tricks used against them.

She said it was a proud moment and a very timely moment for them as they would also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fiji Society for the Blind this month.

The brailled $50 currency note is the first of its kind in the country and the visually impaired community in the country was deeply grateful.

“This is history in the making for the Fiji Blind Society and one that we are very proud of,” Ms Farouk said.

“When there has to be a change in the features of our dollar notes and coins we are part of the consultations and we have always recommended that we have features such as this on our money,” she said.

She said Braille was a communication tool for the visually impaired and anything in Braille would be easier for them to translate.

Visually impaired teacher, Veronica Narayan, 44, said for so long some shopkeepers had always taken advantage of their disability to give them wrong change when buying goods.

“I touched the new note last Friday and for me I was just so proud,” Ms Narayan said.

“I kept thinking of this from Friday and I thank the Reserve bank for this new feature that will be of very much help to us.

“I only hope and pray that other notes are brailled in the future.”

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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