Wednesday, May 21, 2008

US Dollar notes to be redesigned?

Not only is the US Dollar changing its position in the global currency market, it now appears that it may have to change its look as well! Even though many of the dollar bills have been redesigned in recent years, they are still too alike for the blind to tell them apart easily.

The US government has been told to change the size or texture of its banknotes because it is difficult for blind people to tell the notes apart. A US federal appeals court upheld a ruling that having all dollar notes the same size and texture was unacceptable. The judges voted two to one to reject the government's claim that changing note sizes would be too expensive.

The Treasury Department said it was reviewing the ruling. According to documents filed in the case, 937,000 people in the US are legally blind while another 2.4 million count as having low vision, meaning they are unable to read newspaper print. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which prints the notes, has commissioned a report looking at how to better serve the blind. (BBC)

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