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Legal Ruling May Make Paper Money Easier For Blind To Identify

U.S. paper money could be in for some big changes. A court ruling could force the Treasury Department to redesign the greenbacks to help the blind.
"There are a lot of people you can't trust," says John James of Shreveport. He's one of many blind people who feel a change in U.S. currency would be a tremendous help.
"Blind people like to be independent. We don't like to have to depend on other people to do things for us."
A federal appeals court ruled U.S. paper money discriminates against the blind by making it impossible for them to distinguish between different bills of different values. It's a ruling that could force the U.S. Treasury to redesign our money.
Right now people in the blind community don't just have to rely on the help of others. They can use electronic scanners to help them distinguish the bills.
Richard Walls is also visually impaired. He says it would be ideal if the numbers on the bill were raised. 
"Like a $20. Where the two is just raised and then you can raise the zero.
The treasury says a money makeover would cost at least $200 million and it's already spent a bundle to make bills harder to counterfeit.
One-point-three million people nationwide are legally blind. One-hundred-thirty thousand are totally blind, and there are about 20,000 visually impaired in northwest Louisiana.

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