U.S. Court Of Appeals Denies American Council Of The Blind's Motion Regarding Currency Redesign

The U.S. Court of Appeals denied the American Council of the Blind's motion to amend the court's 2008 Order and Judgment, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association. The American Council for the Blind had requested the court direct the Secretary of the Treasury to furnish specific dates by which the currency will be redesigned.

The American Council of the Blind also requested that the Secretary submit a detailed implementation plan describing specific steps to implement three accommodations selected by the Secretary to provide meaningful access to U.S. currency to the blind and visually impaired: 1) adding a raised tactile feature 2) continuing to add large, high-contrast numerals and different colors and 3) implementing a supplemental currency reader distribution program for blind and other visually impaired U.S. citizens and legal residents.
The court ordered the Secretary of the Treasury to continue to file semi-annual reports and to continue to work diligently and expeditiously to fulfill its obligations to provide meaningful access to U.S. currency for blind and other visually impaired persons.

The court also ordered the Secretary to promptly inform the court of any additional major delays in implementing the next major currency redesign and to be as precise as possible in its semi-annual reports about the timeline for fulfilling its obligations under the order. The court did not order the Secretary to immediately set a date for the redesign of the currency and it will therefore be redesigned on the schedule the Bureau of Engraving and Printing currently has related to redesign to prevent counterfeiting. For more information, contact Sandra Larson at slarson@vending.org