The Blinded Veterans Association Supports Tactile Currency


In 2006, the members of the Blinded Veterans Association voted to support adding a tactile feature to United States paper currency.

WHEREAS, currency is used by virtually everyone in everyday life including blind and visually-impaired persons, AND

WHEREAS, the currency of the United States is, at the present time, impossible to identify without vision or electric device, AND

WHEREAS, most blind and visually impaired persons are therefore required to rely upon others to determine denominations of such currency, AND

WHEREAS, this constitutes a serious impediment to independence in everyday living, AND

WHEREAS, electronic means of bill identification will always have more potential for fallibility than purely tactile means, AND

WHEREAS, readily identifiable currency is consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act, AND

WHEREAS, a suitable method of visual identification has been introduced for visually-impaired persons, AND

WHEREAS, no tactile means of identifying currency has yet been developed or introduced; THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, that the Blinded Veterans Association, in convention assembled in Buffalo, NY on this 19th day of August, 2006, strongly supports efforts to make
currency of the United States tactually identifiable within a reasonable period of time.


One Response to “The Blinded Veterans Association Supports Tactile Currency”

  1. Joe Says:

    As a person with sight, I still support using some identifying mechanism for the visually impaired. This could be as simple as altering the size of the various denominations (as we already do with coins) or putting raised marks on the bills. As it stands, we lag behind the vast majority of countries by making our bills indistinguishable for the visually impaired.

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