[mountainstate] [leadership] notice sent out on currency issue by NAMA
A. C. McGhee
miscwell at atlanticbb.net
Fri Jul 27 21:31:46 EDT 2012
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has opposed the American
Council for the Blind's ongoing attempts to have the Court of
Appeals set specific dates for currency redesign, the National
Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) reported.
The American Council for the Blind (ACB) has requested the court
direct the Secretary of the Treasury to furnish specific dates by
which the currency will be redesigned. They 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 Department of the Treasury has opposed the ACB's request
arguing that the timing to provide meaningful access should
remain tied to the next redesign of the currency for counterfeit
In a declaration filed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing,
Director Larry Felix set forth the steps already taken to date to
comply with the 2008 Order by the Court, NAMA noted.
NAMA reported that the BEP has made significant progress in
identifying the best approach to provide meaningful access and
the recommendations were included in the report submitted by the
Secretary of the Treasury to the court for approval.
Secretary Felix argues that the BEP has made significant progress
toward implementing the Secretary's decision including
incorporating large, high contrast and different colors on the
currency, NAMA noted. This feature has already been incorporated
into currency redesign beginning in 2003.
The BEP is also working on the development of the currency reader
program and working on methods of distributing these readers to
the blind and visually impaired, NAMA noted. The BEP has taken
extensive steps to access the viability of various tactile
features including looking into the features incorporated into
In the interim, the BEP unveiled a mobile device application to
increase accessibility to Federal Reserve Notes, NAMA noted. The
matter will now be decided by the Court of Appeals. For more
information, contact Sandy Larson at slarson at vending.org
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