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Why don't we make US bills different sizes for blind people?

Asked by Kurtosis (95points) March 7th, 2008

Seriously, most countries make different denominations in different sizes. That way blind people can tell them apart without having to ask someone for help, folding the corners, etc. I remember that scene in ‘Ray’ where he couldn’t tell if his manager was cheating him. I know people usually like what they’re used to, but is it really worth making life harder for blind people?

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bulbatron9's avatar

I have never really thought about that. Heck yeah that would be great. Great Question!

Charlie's avatar

Part of the reason is the cost of changeing all the printers, sorters, etc. to handle differant sized bills. The printers run 24/7 now just to keep up with the demand. It would be easier if they would put the nimbers on in pralle (sp) and would also help in counterfitting but then the percentage of blind people is pretty low and the Government doen’t really CARE

blunckhouse's avatar

There was actually a lawsuit about currency not being friendly to the sight-impaired, and I believe it is forcing the government to actually address the issue.

ironhiway's avatar

Charlie’s right about the cost. Though not caring?
My ex wife is blind. As a result, I met a lot of blind people. Some just getting by others who excelled past their visual restrictions to be impressive even in comparison for those who see.
The US bills are designed so that the numbers can be felt. Also there are several small portable bill readers available. These devices are more cost effective for those who need them.

8lightminutesaway's avatar

Sounds like a good idea, but the government doesn’t like change much. I think the biggest issue would be the redesigning of the bills and plates. They put a lot of time into designing them so that its easier to tell if they’re real, and very difficult to counterfeit. And I just wanted to correct Charlie, they do not run the money printers 24/7, or our money would have even lower value. And I think you meant braille, fyi :)

brownlemur's avatar

I think that is a great idea.

Robby's avatar

All I can say is great question. Way to think of others.

punkrockworld's avatar

Because they would have to change all the ATM machines and stuff. It would be too much work.
It would have been a great concept before, I think it’s too late to change it now.

proXXi's avatar

Paper currency was made smaller and uniform in size to reduce minting costs.

There’s better ways to make currency indentifiable by the vision impaired, Braille, etc.

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