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Harriet Tubman Isn't the Only New Feature of the Next $20 Bill

It was widely reported last week that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. The other part of this story however is one that many disability activists have been patiently waiting for. New designs for the $20, as wel as the $5 and $10 bills, will include accessibility features to aid blind and visually impaired users. The United States is one of the last major countries to use inaccessible paper currency, and was forced by a court decision several years ago to change this.

The new notes will featured raised tactile features and enlarged numerals, though the exact layout of these features is unknown. Several designs were tested during various user studies at conventions and conferences over the past few years.

The new $10 will be the first to gain updates, though the earliest people will likely see the new accessible notes is 2020. The $20 bill, which is more widely circulated and requires more security features, will come later. Portraits of women in American history will also grace the backs of the $5 and $10 bills, and Andrew Jackson will be relegated to the back of the $20 bill.

Source: Time
Category: News
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darknexus Wednesday, 27-Apr-2016 08:59 AM ET:

Very nice. Now, in another twenty years, we won't need our money identifying apps or devices. It's something, though pathetic how behind we've been.

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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.

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