Printer Friendly

NATIONAL CITY CORPORATION'S KENTUCKY SUBSIDIARY AND THE AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND UNVEIL THE WORLD'S FIRST IN-BANK TALKING COMPUTER SERVICE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

 CLEVELAND, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- National City Corporation's (NYSE: NCC) subsidiary, National City Bank, Kentucky (Louisville) and The American Printing House for the Blind recently introduced the world's first talking computer specifically designed as a directional and informational tool for visually impaired people. National City Bank, Kentucky is the first business in the world to offer this service to its customers.
 Nomad, a touch sensitive pad on which raised line graphics or other pictures can be placed, was developed by Dr. Don Parkes at the Institute for Behavioral Sciences, University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. The pad connects to a computer and Nomad software is added. Information about a graphic is entered on the computer and stored in a named file for future use. The surface can be labeled with speech so visually impaired bank customers can determine where cash-dispensing machines, teller windows and service desks are located. Customers can also hear basic product and service information. Nomad is available at National City Bank, Kentucky's main office at 101 South Fifth Street and the Birchwood Financial Center at 2790 Brownsboro Road in Louisville.
 "As simple as this might seem to you, to me it's freedom," said Jerry Kuns, a blind man from San Francisco who got the American Printing House for the Blind interested in the technology behind Nomad. "It allows me the dignity of not imposing my needs upon someone else," stated Kuns.
 The American Printing House for the Blind, located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, is the sole manufacturer of the computer device. Betty Gissoni, executive director of the Center for Independent Living in Louisville, worked with the American Printing House for the Blind and National City Bank, Kentucky personnel to develop the graphics for the pads used by the bank.
 The multi-lingual device was tested extensively by St. Lucy's School for the Blind in Sydney, Australia. The device can also be used in the special education classroom to enhance learning for sighted students because Nomad adds new dimension to diagrams with the multi-media presentation of the information.
 Originally invented by Dr. Parkes to aid a geographer who lost his sight, The American Printing House for the Blind currently has approximately 100 individuals and non-profit organizations from England to Japan considering the purchase of the computer device.
 Early in 1990, National City Bank, Kentucky began VIP (Visually Impaired Program), a special service for visually impaired people featuring audio bank statements and raised-line checks to make check- writing easier.


Profile of National City Corporation
 National City Corporation is a $28 billion diversified financial services company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. National City operates banks and other financial service subsidiaries principally in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
 -0- 4/29/93
 /EDITOR'S NOTE: A photograph of a visually impaired person using the talking computer is available by calling Barbara O. Brown of National City, 216-575-3492/
 /CONTACT: Barbara O. Brown, assistant vice president, National City Communications, 216-575-3492; or Terri G. Wilson, assistant director of public relations, National City Bank, Kentucky, 502-581-4073/
 (NCC)


CO: National City Corporation ST: Ohio; Kentucky IN: FIN SU: PDT

SM -- CL009 -- 2481 04/29/93 09:14 EDT
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Apr 29, 1993
Words:521
Previous Article:SUN TELEVISION AND APPLIANCES, INC.
Next Article:NIPSCO INDUSTRIES, INC., REPORTS EARNINGS
Topics:


Related Articles
AFB launches public education campaign.
XEROX CORPORATION AND AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND CREATE A NEW PARTNERSHIP TOWARD ENHANCING ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Glaxo Dermatology Honored by American Foundation for the Blind.
New Online Technology Publication Funded by Ameritech.
U.S. Bank Unveils Voice-Guided UBank ATMs for Visually Impaired Community; First Such Machines in Minnesota are Installed at New U.S. Bancorp Center.
First Union National Bank Announces First Installation of Audio Assisted ATMs in MD, NJ and NC.
Bank Of America Announces Plans to Install More Than 7,000 Talking ATMs Nationwide By 2005.
National Federation of the Blind Unveils World's First Handheld Electronic Reader.
"Expanding the Core": 139th Annual Meeting of Ex Officio Trustees and Special Guests of the American Printing House for the Blind.
Lexmark Accessibility Solution helps the visually impaired leverage MFP technology.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters