Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Interesting tidbit on money

As a father of a blind son, I can concur that paper money is difficult for him. He has a little braille device just for labeling bills. But he has to know what they are first and that involves asking.

Court says money discriminates against blind people
The U.S. acknowledges that the design hinders blind people but it argued they had adapted _some relied on store clerks for help, some used credit cards and others folded certain corners to help distinguish the bills.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 that such adaptations were insufficient. The government might as well argue that, since handicapped people can crawl on all fours or ask for help from strangers, there's no need to make buildings wheelchair accessible, the court said.
As much as I disagree with the over-reaching aspects of the disability act, that second paragraph is on the money (puns always are intended here). For the government (or Federal Reserve which really is a private corporation) to suggest relying on others to be honest to a helpless, in the realm of paper money, individual is rather ironic. Considering the "Always think forfeiture" slogan of the ATF, would one expect even a government agency to follow that childish advice?

And considering how often the money has been revamped lately, their "undue burden" claim should fall on deaf ears.

1 comment:

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

Money has always been discriminatory. I don't see much of it in the hands of the poor either.

Actually canadian bills have a modified braille, ever so lightly stamped into the bill

see here