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2 currency redesigns, still no blind access despite court decision

A few years ago I came up with a VERY simple solution to the currency identification problem: it would help sighted people too! Plus it wouldn't cost the mint or anyone else much to implement. Basically small notches could be cut in the end edge of the bill when it's cut off the sheet after printing. No one seems interested: won't even talk to me. I have a website: http://moneyfortheblind.com outlining the system: Can anyone tell me why this wouldn't work?

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Re: 2 currency redesigns, still no blind access despite court decision



Just a guess, but with the current type of currency the US is currently using, is that the dots keep on collapsing.. Also, testing of different materials is a lengthy process. Write your Congresspeople about allocating funds specifically directed toward this situation.


Re: 2 currency redesigns, still no blind access despite court decision



This is very interesting. I saw the official samples of US money a few months ago, and they have tactile markings, but not like either of these


Re: 2 currency redesigns, still no blind access despite court decision



It would depend on what country the money is for, and which material the bills are made of. Up in Canada, the bills are made of a new plasticky material. If the straight edges are compromised, it becomes much easier for the bill to split at that point. Their solution was to use filled braille cells to indicate the value. Because the new materials are stronger, the braille cells don't collapse as easily as the previous version (which was on a cotton-type blend).


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