Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Government: The Blind Leading The Blind

Is U.S. currency keeping the blind man down?

A Federal judge decided that the government is discriminating against blind people by producing paper money that all looks (hahahaha) and feels the same.

The American Council of the Blind suggests that we start printing bills of different sizes, add embossed dots or foil, or use raised ink. They also claim that the government is violating the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

So it seems that now, unless we think ahead to make special accommodations for people, we are discriminating? How ridiculous.


"It's just frankly unfair that blind people should have to rely on the good faith of people they have never met in knowing whether they've been given the correct change," said Jeffrey A. Lovitky, attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Others have developed ways to cope with the similarly shaped bills. Melanie Brunson, a member of the American Council of the Blind, told the court that she folds her bills into different shapes: $1 bills stay straight, $5 bills are folded in half left to right, $10 bills in half top to bottom and $20 in quarters.

Perhaps this is oversimplifying things, but it seems to me that we're practically a cashless society anyway... Rather than change all the money around, may I humbly suggest the use of checkcards.

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