Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Accessible Currency
Resolution 2015-07

Whereas, the American Council of the Blind won a suit that required the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to create accessible currency in the United States of America; and
Whereas, an interim approach involved making available portable electronic money identifiers; and
Whereas, initially, the National Library Service of the Library of Congress agreed to certify that applicants for such devices were receiving and qualified for NLS services; and
Whereas, initially there was no requirement that would tend to make this task an arduous one, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, long after the project started, made a policy decision that librarians must now certify the citizenship of each applicant; and
Whereas, a simple certification became a complex task which many staff members at libraries simply do not have the time to complete; and
Whereas, this has resulted in significantly limiting the number of people who are blind or visually impaired who can receive money identifiers;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 9th day of July, 2015, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, that this organization demand that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing immediately rescind the requirement that citizenship be checked so that libraries can more easily expedite the distribution of these much-needed devices; and
Be it further resolved that this organization appreciates the availability of these devices but reiterates its position that the current devices are no substitute for identifiable paper currency.
Ray Campbell, Secretary