Re-Post from Wall Street Journal: Bank of England Adds Another Textured Bill to Help Blind People

Fingers checking raised dots on colorful new 50 pound bill

Repost from Wall Street Journal: Bank of England Textured Bills Help Blind People Tell them Apart

“Bank notes with tactile markers for accessibility circulate around the world—but a similar plan in the U.S. is years away.”

EyeNote and Ideal are both currency identifier apps for use on smartphones. There is also a free talking money reader available through regional Talking Book Libraries, but it’s finicky to use for people with diminished touch. The American Council of the Blind won their suit against the Treasury in 2008, but bills with tactile markings seem to have moved further into an uncertain future.

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