Thank Government for Making Currency Accessible to the Blind


Target: United States Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew

Goal: Commend decision to add feature that will allow blind people to differentiate between bills to U.S. currency.

Plans to allow people to tell which currency bill they’re holding by feel alone have been announced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The initiative will improve accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. Thank Jacob Lew, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, for his efforts to accommodate the visually impaired and ensure currency is easily accessible for all citizens.

Amid the announcement of a woman to appear on the ten dollar bill, it seems the addition of a tactile feature has received far less recognition. It is, however, just as important and represents a necessary change in society.

For far too long, United States bills have lacked any distinction that can be felt. A citizen incapable of identifying a bill by sight is forced to rely on the good faith of others. This is, of course, not a foolproof system and allows for far too many citizens to be taken advantage of. Though the tactile feature is currently planned for the ten dollar bill alone, it represents progress and is still a huge win for all.

In a society where cash is still very much in use and required in many circumstances, it is necessary to accommodate all citizens with disabilities. Please sign this petition to thank the U.S. Secretary of Treasury for ensuring the visually impaired can use currency with ease by adding a tactile feature.


Dear Secretary Lew,

I am most pleased to discover the addition of a tactile feature to United States currency. Though the current plans only include the ten dollar bill, I am sure it is only a short matter of time before all bills reflect this feature.

It is of the utmost importance to accommodate all citizens and this change will go a long way in making life easier for so many. The visually impaired will not have to rely on others to identify bills nearly as much. I look forward to the day this issue will be completely eliminated and all citizens will identify and use United States bills with ease.

Several other countries have already made necessary changes to their currency and the United States has been expected to follow suit for quite some time. This change is right in line with the addition of a woman to the ten dollar bill, representing everything this country stands for.

Thank you for your role in the addition of a tactile feature to U.S. currency.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: United States Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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