Tuesday, May 20, 2008

DC Circuit Holds US Paper Currency Violates Rehabilitation Act

In an order released today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals held that the US Treasury Department's failure to issue paper money that is readily distinguishable to visually impaired individuals violates the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504 (codified at 29 USC 794) right to "meaningful access" to government services. The order affirmed the DC District Court opinion in the American Council of the Blind v. Paulson case, which has been ongoing for roughly six years.

DC Circuit order released today.

Read a brief story about the opinion on CNN/Money.

Read the DC District Court order on Findlaw. Note that this is the lower court decision, not the order released today.

Wikipedia article on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Dept. of Health and Human Services Info on Rehabilitation Act 504

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