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Shopping with the New Accessible Credit Card

Holiday shoppers have the opportunity to make purchases with the new Mastercard Touch Card, designed to increase accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. With this new item, the shopper can detect by touch whether they are using a credit card, debit card, or prepaid card. Notches distinguish the differences: The Touch credit cards have a round notch, while the debit cards have a “broad squarish notch,” and the prepaid cards feature one that is triangle-shaped. This innovation was designed to work with “point-of-sale terminals” as well as ATMs. It was vetted and endorsed by VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the United States and by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the United Kingdom. Read more about how Mastercard introduces accessible card for blind and partially sighted people.