The Ministry of Finance will hand over special coin holders, which will help the visually impaired handle euro coins more easily.
The publication for the visually impaired is a card in A5 format that starts playing an audio file after being opened, explaining how to recognize and differentiate between euro bank notes and their security features. The publication also provides an overview of the principles of the euro changeover.
In addition, Eesti Pank will give the Estonian Federation of the Blind 32 DVDs with audio files in both Estonian and Russian. The DVD helps to distribute information about the euro to the members of the Federation in every county and this should make the necessary information available for every visually impaired person.
The Ministry of Finance will also give the Estonian Federation of the Blind 300 coin holders that will help the visually impaired to differentiate between euro coins and handle cash more easily. The coin holder is an easily portable pocket-sized plastic device with slots for eight euro coins with different denominations.
In cooperation with the Estonian Federation of the Blind, in October Eesti Pank also plans to send 3,000 DVDs to the visually impaired with audio recordings of two publications in Estonian and Russian – “Want to know how the euro will arrive in Estonia?” compiled for individuals by the Ministry of Finance and “Euro and bank services” compiled by the Banking Association.
The publications and coin holders will be handed over on the information day of the Estonian Chamber of Disabled People.
The audio publication was created in cooperation with the European Central Bank; the coin holders were manufactured in cooperation with the European Commission.
The visually impaired comprise about 1.5% of the whole population, thus forming an important share of people in demand of information in the society. Other countries that have changed over to the euro have also paid special attention to the visually impaired and based on extensive experience, the European Central Bank has compiled special audio materials for physical as well as electronic distribution.
Audio files are available in Estonian and Russian on the Euroweb and the website of the Ministry of Social Affairs. They are also distributed by the Estonian Federation of the Blind on the Internet and in libraries for the visually impaired.
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