money: blind people are not all like Daredevil

This one seems like a no-brainer to me. Has it really taken them this long to figure that out?

The U.S. discriminates against blind people by printing paper money that makes it impossible for them to distinguish the bills’ value, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

I’m more inclined to say “it’s about time” instead of “yay!” In our last building there was a legally blind woman working as the cashier in an all-cash shop. Even with her holding the bills very close to her eyes, it was pretty clear that had people been less scrupulous, she would have gotten cheated many times a day.

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3 Responses

  1. pyack says:

    next we should have talking money for blind and armless people? at some point you have to think about how much this will cost versus how many people are going to benefit. how are blind people coping now?

  2. Brian says:

    I know it’s a matter of who benefits, and this isn’t nearly as much of a button issue for me as when I think about web 2.0 media vs accessibility, but the fact that it took the US courts to acknowledge that there’s no way to tell between one denomination vs another is kinda absurd especially when no one has actually come up with a suitable explanation why. (mostly because “too expensive” doesn’t really fly with gov’t agencies anymore)

    Besides, first we have to develop suitable wallet technology for the armless before we worry about how they’re going to handle their money. 😛

    It’s a good reason for them to get back to work on developing secure smart chip tech, in my opinion. If I can use one to do my laundry, surely they can develop one that I can pay for goods and services with.

  3. Lolypup says:

    I have a very good friend who is deaf and blind and this issue is not new nor is it even about the cost of changing the money. From what im hearing this issue was brought up with the U.S. Mint before they started changing the current money for security reason and one of the things they considered was changing the size of the bills to be more friendly for the blind.

    However it wasnt the cost, it was the public outcry of changing their precious dollar from what they are “used to” opposed to what some called “monopoly” money.

    So they were eventually taken to court over the issue and now we are getting a ruling. I personally found the comment by pyack offensive and yes there comes a point were we cant accommodate everyone but if we can accommodate this change then we should

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