Bank of America signed its first website accessibility agreement with the California Council of the Blind and five blind customers in 2000. Since then, Bank of America has been a leader in its commitment to accessible digital content. On June 4, 2015 the bank issued the press release posted here announcing accessibility enhancements to its travel rewards redemption site. This announcement is the result of an agreement reached through Structured Negotiations, a collaborative dispute resolution process. The bank worked with blind customer Ashley Cwikla, the Law Office of Lainey Feingold, and Linda Dardarian of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho on this initiative.
- Visit the Bank of America Accessibility Category on this website to read more about the bank’s accessibility initiatives and work with the blind community.
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Bank of America Continues to Enhance Online Access for People With Visual Impairments
Enhancements to Travel Rewards Redemption Online Site Improve Accessibility
CHARLOTTE – June 4, 2015 As part of its long-standing commitment to customers with visual impairments, Bank of America is enhancing the accessibility of its travel redemption website. The site is used by the bank’s credit card customers to redeem reward points for travel.
Bank of America will continue to use Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA as the standard for ensuring that the content, features and services of its webpages for credit card rewards and travel redemption are accessible to all site users, including people who are blind or visually impaired.
Bank of America has been an industry leader in providing accessible services to people with disabilities. It was one of the first to work with the blind community on a website accessibility initiative and to agree to a national talking ATM installation plan. In 2010, Bank of America announced that every ATM in its fleet was upgraded to deliver private, spoken instructions through a headset plugged into an audio jack in order to provide independent accessibility to persons who cannot see an ATM screen. Customers can also opt to receive their checking, savings or credit card account statements in Braille or large-print format.
For more information, visit the Bank of America Accessible Banking website.
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