Nearly 5 decades of broken promises to the blind and low vision community has left the United States an outlier in the developed world – the only country whose paper currency is inaccessible to those with disabilities. But together we can push the Biden Administration and US Treasury to put us on a course to accessible and inclusive currency for all.
The US Treasury is currently redesigning the $20 bill to include a portrait of Harriet Tubman, and a 2008 Federal Court Order says that any new currency redesigns must include accommodations to individuals who are blind or low vision. The Administration is hoping to sneak through the redesign without making the bills accessible – they’re hoping we won’t notice or put up a fight.
That’s why on March 10th – Harriet Tubman Day – we’re coming together for a rally in front of the White House with one clear demand: we need accessible and inclusive currency now! Join us at 1:30pm ET in Lafayette Square and let’s show the Administration we won’t let them kick the can down the road again!
This isn’t rocket science. The solutions are clear – different size notes, braille, large print denominations, high color contrast – that’s why they’ve been implemented by over a hundred countries around the world.
It’s time for the Biden Administration to step up to the plate and commit to currency that's both accessible and inclusive. Let’s show them we’re serious – Click here to RSVP and join us on March 10th in Washington, DC.
Since 1961 the American Council of the Blind has been working to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve the quality of life of all individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss – see you on March 10th to keep up the fight.
Dan Spoone, ACB President