Simply put, we don’t believe that people should face barriers in how they manage their money, regardless of any access needs they might have.
New technology is opening up a range of opportunities for us to remove historical barriers. For example, our secure instant messaging service allows you to contact us 24/7 through a few easy clicks. That’s great for everyone, but it’s hugely beneficial for people who might have difficulty speaking or hearing.
Our app and website are also fully accessible and regularly tested by customers with a range of disabilities so that they’re easy to see, hear, understand and use for everyone. This includes ensuring our digital services are compatible with assistive technologies like screen readers or magnification.
But we know that sometimes face-to-face is the preferred option, which is why we’re committed to making our branch network as accessible as possible - 99% of our branches now have full level access. And for those who want the interaction of face-to-face but from the comfort of their home, we offer Video Banking.
You’ll find more information about our full range of services at barclays.co.uk/accessibility, but here are just a few we offer
- Accessible PINsentry device, with a large display and audio functionality
- Lipspeaker service for deaf people who lip read
- Contactless wearable devices like a wristband or key fob, which might help making payments on the go easier for people with sight loss, mobility difficulties and developmental disabilities
- Our SignVideo service supports customers who use British Sign Language (BSL) and enables them to get instant access to on-screen interpretation
- High-visibility debit cards with 12 designs, all with tactile notches and a larger security number on the back
“My son absolutely loves his contactless key fob! His support worker tells me that they engage in chats with people about technology when they are out and about so it serves two purposes – enabling transactions and enhancing social communication opportunities.”
ASD and dexterity impairment