The Electronic Funds Transfer Association, the leading trade association for the electronic payments and commerce industries, announced a one-day special conference focusing exclusively on looming federal regulations that would require automatic-teller machine owners to provide ATMs capable of being operated by sight-impaired consumers.
The conference, “New ADA Challenges to the ATM Industry,” will be held June 27 at the Hilton Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. The federal Access Board, created by Congress to help develop accessibility guidelines for facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities and the Architectural Barriers acts, is currently working with the financial industry and consumers on increasing accessibility by blind and visually impaired consumers to ATMs.
“The impact of requiring audio ATMs will affect not only sight-impaired consumers, but all consumers for many years to come,” said H. Kurt Helwig, EFTA executive director. “Ultimately, the requirements could reduce the number of ATMs available to all consumers, and increase the operating costs for those that remain.”
The conference will feature a variety of banking, technology, academic, consumer and manufacturing perspectives, said Helwig. Sessions will cover the challenges of audio ATMs, consumer perspectives, the technology of audio ATMs, the financial impact of complying with the audio ATM requirement, and a demonstration of audio ATM technology. A copy of the complete agenda may be found at the EFTA Web site, [www.efta.org].
EFTA has a history of working with the government and industry on ADA compliance issues, and views this as an extension of that effort, Helwig said.
About the Electronic Funds Transfer Association
The Electronic Funds Transfer Association is the nation’s leading inter-industry trade association dedicated to the advancement of electronic payments systems and commerce. Its members include financial institutions, ATM manufacturers, ATM owners and the nation’s shared ATM networks, as well as companies specializing in technology management, Internet commerce and data processing.