Connor’s innovations are on the money
AT JUST 14, Connor McLeod has made the lives of hundreds of thousands of Australians a little bit easier.
The blind Oakhurst resident has been awarded the Young Leader Pride of Australia medal for his efforts in advancing the visually impaired community.
Humbled by the award, Connor said: “There were so many amazing people, I kept thinking did that seriously just happen? I don’t think it has sunk in yet”.
After Connor was given money for Christmas in 2012 and had to ask his mother how much he had he decided a change was needed, he contacted the Reserve Bank and convinced it to commission notes that could be identified by the visually impaired. The tactile bank notes will be rolled out next year.
He also requested the Commonwealth Bank include textto-speech technology on EFTPOS machines informing vision-impaired people how much was being removed from their account at the time of purchase.
Connor McLeod has been awarded the Young Leader Pride of Australia Medal.