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    Paper money unfair to blind - court

    Federal appeals court says Treasury Department is violating the law by keeping dollars the same size and feel.

    By Jessica Dickler, CNNMoney.com staff writer
    Last Updated: May 20, 2008: 3:38 PM EDT


    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Treasury Department is violating the law by failing to design and issue currency that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired people.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a 2006 district court ruling that could force the United States to redesign its money so blind people can distinguish between values.

    Suggested solutions include making bills different sizes, including raised markings or using foil printing which is a method of hot stamping that is tactically discernable.

    Judge Judith Rogers, in a ruling on a suit by the American Council of the Blind, wrote that the Treasury Department's failure to design and issue paper currency that is readily distinguishable to the visually impaired violates the Rehabilitation Act's guarantee of "meaningful access."

    The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was originally designed to extend civil rights to disabled individuals and provide them a full opportunity to participate in American society.

    Rogers also wrote that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has not met his burden to show why changing the money would impose an undue burden.

    "A large majority of other currency systems have accommodated the visually impaired, and the Secretary does not explain why U.S. currency should be any different," Rogers wrote in her ruling.

    The euro, for example, is one currency designed to be more readily identifiable. Each banknote has a predominant color and large numbers to make them easier to see. Also, the larger the denomination of the euro, the larger the banknote.

    "We are very pleased with the ruling," said a spokeswoman for the American Council of the Blind. "We are hopeful that the Treasury Department will now get busy and come up with a plan to make paper money more readily identifiable for the visually impaired people all over the world."

    The Treasury Department has been working to improve the nation's paper currency, according to Jennifer Zuccarelli, a spokeswoman for the Treasury.

    "Most recently the Bureau of Engraving and Printing contracted with a research firm to conduct a comprehensive study to gather additional data, research and analysis for development of methods to help the blind and visually impaired," Zuccarelli said in an e-mail to CNNMoney.com. "The results of this study will be available by early 2009, and the Bureau will take that information under consideration when they transition in new production equipment in both printing facilities in the following years."

    However, Paul Schroeder, vice president for programs and policy for American Foundation for the Blind, a nonprofit group based in New York, said he "would not be surprised" if the Treasury Department appealed the court's decision.

    While Schroeder said it would be feasible to address this challenge, whatever solution is ultimately found must "work within a very substantial infrastructure" of U.S. currency.

    The suit was originally filed in 2002 by the American Council of the Blind and two individuals with visual impairments, Patrick Sheehan and Otis Stephens.

    The appeals court ruled 2-1, with Judge A. Raymond Randolph dissenting. Judge Thomas Griffith joined Rogers in voting to uphold the lower court ruling.

    SOURCE: http://money.cnn.com/2008/05/20/news...lind/index.htm
    NO MERCY - DECEMBER 7TH

    R.I.P. - Big Proof
    October 2, 1973 - April 11, 2006


  • #2
    Just add braile .. dont see the big deal.
    "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." - Poe

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    • #3
      why dont we just get rid of cash already?
      Que Sera Sera

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      • #4
        oh right. it would be hard to score weed with cards.
        none of the people i buy from accepts visa....nevermind
        Que Sera Sera

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        • #5
          I have to say I agree with this. But i also believe we need to get rid of cash

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          • #6
            lol just like Chris Rock once said "Stevie Wonder got all that money, but he don't know if he got Ones or Hundreds"

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            • #7
              lmao^
              Originally posted by JustP1ayin
              If you aren't using a clancey beat, you aren't doing it right
              SOUNDCLICK

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              • #8
                theres a lil bit of brail on our canadian bills..
                "i wish one of you guys had children for i could kick them in the fuckin head or stomp on their testicles!" - mike tyson

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                • #9
                  always thought this myself.
                  ...we just got done remaking the 5's, 10's, and 20's... y the fuk dint we accommodate to the blind during that period?
                  ima do me.

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                  • #10
                    You couldn't even play cards with your friends or anythign if we got rid of paper money.....what are you gonna do bet your credit card?

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