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LaSalle Bank, Standard Federal Banks Offer Talking ATMs
Chicago's second biggest bank and one of Michigan's largest have now committed to talking ATMs and accessible banking, including documents in alternate formats, Braille bank statements, raised line checks at a reasonable price or free bill pay, and a blind friendly website.
Primezone Media Network Monday, May 02, 2005
LaSalle Bank Corporation to Offer Improved Services for Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Bank Plans Talking ATMs, Accessible Web Sites and Documents, Other Services, in Conjunction with Equip for Equality and American Council of the Blind Chicago Affiliate
CHICAGO and TROY, Mich., May 2, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- LaSalle Bank Corporation subsidiaries LaSalle Bank and Standard Federal Bank announced today that they have launched several major initiatives intended to
" The banks successfully piloted Talking ATMs at 25 locations in 2004," said Steve Nowaczyk, senior vice president responsible for LaSalle Bank Corporation's ATM network. "This feature will bring the convenience
Individuals can access the talking features, including a brief orientation, by inserting a headset into an audio jack located on the front of the ATM. All of the Talking ATMs speak in both English and Spanish. Headsets are available for free at LaSalle Bank or Standard Federal Bank branches with Talking ATMs. Talking ATM kits with headsets
"We applaud LaSalle Bank Corporation for its proactive approach to improving banking services for the blind community and others with difficulty reading standard print," said Amy F. Peterson, senior attorney
In addition to Talking ATMs, LaSalle Bank and Standard Federal Bank offer a number of services designed to make banking easier for people with visual impairments. For example, retail deposit account statements are available in alternate formats, including Braille, large print, and on audio and computer disc. Raised-line checks are now available for the same price as standard checks and any mass-produced bank document, such as checking brochures, can be provided in an alternative format such as Braille upon request. The banks' Web sites are also being updated
About Equip for Equality Equip for Equality is a private, not-for-profit entity designated in 1985 by the Governor to administer the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy system for safeguarding the rights of people with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois. EFE is dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to live full and independent lives by providing self-advocacy assistance, legal services, disability rights education, public policy advocacy and abuse investigations.
About American Council of the Blind, Metropolitan Chicago Affiliate - The American Council of the Blind of Metropolitan Chicago (ACBMC) is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, advocating on behalf of
About LaSalle Bank Corporation - LaSalle Bank Corporation is headquartered in Chicago with $103.4
LaSalle Bank National Association is based in Chicago with $63.7 billion in assets, $37.7 billion in deposits, more than 140 retail locations and 500 ATMs. LaSalle Bank is the second largest bank in Chicago. Subsidiaries include LaSalle National Leasing Corporation, LaSalle Business Credit, LLC and ABN AMRO Financial Services, Inc.
LaSalle Bank maintains commercial offices in Boca Raton, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New England (covering Connecticut, Boston and New Jersey), Pittsburgh, Des Moines, Rockford, Peoria, St. Louis, Tampa and Miami.
Standard Federal Bank is headquartered in Troy, MI, with $39.1 billion in assets and $20.2 billion in deposits. One of the largest banks in the Midwest, Standard Federal offers a complete range of investment, commercial and retail banking solutions through 261 branches and more than 1,000 ATMs in Michigan and Indiana. In 2005, Standard Federal will take the name LaSalle Bank Midwest National Association, creating a unified LaSalle Bank brand with LaSalle Bank in Chicago. The banks, which are indirect subsidiaries of Netherlands-based ABN AMRO Bank N.V., will not merge as a result of this name change.
CONTACTS: LaSalle Bank Corporation Shawn Platt - Chicago, IL (312)
Equip for Equality Amy F. Peterson Senior Attorney (312) 895-7324
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