100 Words On: The Real Reason Why Drive-Up ATMs Have Braille Keypads

One of life’s greatest so-called mysteries is why American drive-up automated teller machine keypads have Braille on them. On the surface it seems to be a preposterous notion. After all, the logic goes, blind people can’t drive. But who says only a car’s driver can use the ATM? Passengers can easily operate ATMs from the back seat too — and with the aid of head phones, the blind can enjoy drive-up banking in complete privacy. That’s why federal law rightly mandates Braille on drive-up ATMs.

The bottom line: Before boldly dismissing any notion as folly, you might want to evaluate it from multiple perspectives.

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