US Money Discriminates Against Blind, Court Rules

Treasury must make changes in paper currency, appellate body says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 1:30 PM CDT
US Money Discriminates Against Blind, Court Rules
A federal appeals court ruled today that US paper currency discriminates against the blind, and that the Treasury must make changes, which could run between $4.5 million and $200 million.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A federal appellate court agreed today with a lower court’s ruling that the US must change its paper money to accommodate the blind, who are unable to tell the current, single-size bills apart, the Washington Post reports. The court ruled that the bills violate the Federal Rehabilitation Act, rejecting Treasury's argument that the blind could get along on assistance from others.

"The Secretary's argument is analogous to contending that merely because the mobility impaired may be able either to rely on the assistance of strangers or to crawl on all fours in navigating architectural obstacles … they are not denied meaningful access to public buildings,” read the ruling. (Read more currency stories.)

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