Thursday, November 30, 2006

A great day for the hard of seeing

By keeping all U.S. currency the same size and texture, the government has denied blind people meaningful access to money, a federal judge said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson said the Treasury Department has violated the law, and he ordered the government to come up with ways for the blind to tell bills apart.
The article goes on to note that of the 180 countries that issue money, only the US prints bills that are identical in size and color in all their denominations, and this fact proves the accomodation is reasonable.

I expect some of you will scream "judicial activism" but before you do, consider this: The Judge didn't tell the Treasury Department how to fix the problem. He simply noted that the government is violating the Rehabilitation Act that prohibits discrimination against the disabled in government programs.

Hat-tip: Amanda Rush

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