BOSTON - FleetBoston Financial Corp. and the Disability Law Center of Boston announced on Wednesday plans to install 1,420 talking automated teller machines in the Northeast to help visually impaired customers.

Robert Hedges, senior vice president and managing director of retail distribution at Fleet, said it is the first banking company to equip ATMs with voice-guided technology in the Northeast, where there are more than five million visually impaired people.

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