Accessible Currency
 
Resolution 2014-06
 
Whereas, American paper currency in its present form is not accessible to persons who are blind or visually impaired; and
 
Whereas, the failure of the United States government to create paper currency which is readily identifiable by persons who are blind or visually impaired has been determined by the federal courts to be a violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and
 
Whereas, people who are blind or visually impaired cannot be expected to make use of technologies to identify paper currency as a replacement for accessible paper currency; and
 
Whereas, people who are blind or visually impaired were incredulous to learn that the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing made its intentions known concerning accessible currency, ironically on the anniversary of Helen Keller's birth, June 27, 2013, when the Bureau published a White Paper Regarding Meaningful Access to U.S. Currency For Persons Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired in which the Bureau stated that larger numerals and tactile features will not be added to U.S. paper currency until the year 2020 at the earliest;
 
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 14th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that this organization emphatically reaffirm its unwavering position that the government of the United States must move, without further delay, to produce paper currency that is fully accessible to and usable by people who are blind or visually impaired; and
 
Be it further resolved that this organization unequivocally declare that the public distribution of an electronic money identifier by the government of the United States must not be allowed to delay, or in any way be deemed to be a satisfactory replacement for, the prompt development and implementation of accessible paper currency; and
 
Be it further resolved that the board of directors and staff of the American Council of the Blind are hereby instructed to immediately seek judicial redress for the failure of the Department of the Treasury to take any meaningful steps toward the design and introduction of accessible paper currency.
 
Adopted.
 
Ray Campbell, Secretary