Introduction of Accessible - Tactile Currency in America

Bureau of Engraving and Printing - 14th and C Streets, S.W. RM 100 Washington, DC 20228

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Accessible Tactile Currency

“The Introduction of Tactile Currency in America”
Presented by: National Council on Disability , Bureau of Engraving and Printing and Federal Reserve Board

DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2013                                                        

TIME: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

LOCATION: Bureau of Engraving and Printing - 14th and C Streets, S.W. RM 100 Washington, DC 20228
(Please note: entrance is on 14th Street)

Panel Presenters include Ms. Claudia Gordon, Disability Liaison, White House Office of Public Engagement; Jeff Rosen, NCD Chairperson; Larry Felix, Bureau of Engraving and Printing; Michael Lambert Federal Reserve Board; Shaun Ferrari, Bureau of Engraving and Printing; Warren Lundblad. Bureau of Engraving and Printing 

Please send all questions to kmartin-proctor@ncd.gov, subject heading: Tactile Forum Questions.

Was That a - One $1 dollar bill or a - Ten  $10?

It is estimated that over 13,600 individuals are living with blindness or low vision in the District of Columbia and have to ask that question daily.(Blindness in the United States (2011) US Census) There are an estimated 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the United States, 1.3 million of which are considered legally blind (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008a). Of this number, approximately 109,000 people use long canes for assistance, while about 7,000 individuals use service dogs (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008a).

 

Blindness can be caused by Glaucoma, Diabetes, Macular Degeneration, Multiple Sclerosis etc..

Since 2008 the Department of the Treasury has been working to provide meaningful access to U.S. paper currency.

This forum will discuss their progress regarding the design, production and distribution of tactile currency, A panel of representatives will engage guests in this informational dialogue.