Making money changes to help the visually impaired

Making money changes to help the visually impaired

Living a life of independence may soon be a reality for the visually impaired, thanks to the work of a national organization with two locations here in Amarillo.

Every day errands like shopping, can pose as a problem for the visually impaired. That's why the American Council for the Blind is working to have braille printed on money.

It's been an ongoing project for several years but Caleb James who works for American Council for the Blind, says it shouldn't be long before we start to feel the difference on our bills. "Lots of blind people get cheated out of their money at the store because they can't see what they are handing them. If they had braille on the money, they know exactly what they have in their wallet, they know exactly what their budget will be and they wouldn't be out of pocket just for somebody trying to make a quick buck off of them," James said.

The money printed with braille has not yet gone into circulation. The group says they are still in the planning stages with the Government. But, this isn't the only project the American Council of the Blind is working on. The group is also trying to have braille put on prescription medication bottles. "Lots of blind and visually impaired people overdose mistakenly because they don't know what pill they are taking. They can try to feel the shape the best they can but sometimes it doesn't work," James told us.

If you would like to help fund either of these initiatives, you can donate to the American Council for the Blind thrift stores on Western or S. Grand Street. They also offer a pick up service if you are unable to bring your donations to either location. Money made at the stores directly helps the visually impaired.