ABC News is reporting that a US District judge has ordered the Treasury Department to look into means to allow people who are blind to differentiate between various bills:
U.S. District Judge James Robertson ordered the Treasury Department to come up with ways for the blind to tell bills apart. He said he wouldn’t tell officials how to fix the problem, but he ordered them to begin working on it.
The American Council of the Blind has proposed several options, including printing bills of differing sizes, adding embossed dots or foil to the paper or using raised ink.
“Of the more than 180 countries that issue paper currency, only the United States prints bills that are identical in size and color in all their denominations,” Robertson wrote. “More than 100 of the other issuers vary their bills in size according to denomination, and every other issuer includes at least some features that help the visually impaired.” […]
The “maybe” part is that the government has 10 days to decide whether to appeal. And, considering the magnitude of the case, I’m not ruling out that possibility. Still, I think this would be a good change and I hope it goes forward.