Issuing one-size dollar bills is unfair to the blind, US appeal court rules
Thursday 22 May 2008
The US government has been told to change the size or texture of its banknotes because it is difficult for blind people to tell them apart. A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that having all notes the same size and texture was unacceptable. The decision could force the Treasury to make bills of different sizes or print them with raised markings or other distinguishing features.
The court ruled that the government had failed to show that it would be too burdensome to make different bills for different denominations. "A large majority of other currency systems have accommodated the visually impaired and [Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson] does not explain why US currency should be any different," the judges wrote.
What happens next is not certain. The government could appeal to the full appeals court – one of whose judges, David Tatel, is blind – or seek quick review by the Supreme Court. "We are reviewing the court's ruling at this juncture," said Charles Miller, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, which argued the case on behalf of the Treasury.
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which makes America's paper money, is already researching ways to help the blind and visually impaired. The results will be available next year and will be considered when new production equipment was introduced.
This week's appeal was brought by the American Council of the Blind (ACB), which has been fighting for six years to have dollar notes changed. Treasury officials admit the current design hinders the visually impaired but say that blind people have adapted. According to documents filed in the case, 937,000 Americans are legally blind and a further 2.4 million have low vision, meaning they are unable to read newspaper print.
Some rely on shop assistants to help, some use credit cards and others fold certain corners of bills to distinguish between them.
The party's potential nominations read like a high school race for student body president
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Mia Khalifa: Pornhub star claims Drake sent her 'cringeworthy' naked photos on Instagram
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - Marke...
£33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An External Relations Executive is requi...
£25000 - £28000 per annum + 25 days holidays & pension: Ashdown Group: Web Dev...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has arisen to jo...