May 20, 2008

This is getting out of hand

Remember reading all those inspirational stories of people with physical challenges overcoming their hardships to triumph?  Remember TV shows about blind people learning to cope in a sighted world, how they handle pouring drinks, counting money, curbs, stairs, etc.  In America we're saying goodbye to all those stories.  The modern way is to sit back and take your physical challenge to court.  Money discriminates against the blind

"I don't think we should have to rely on people to tell us what our money is," said Mitch Pomerantz, the council's president.

The U.S. acknowledges the design hinders blind people but it argued that blind people have adapted. Some relied on store clerks to help them, some used credit cards and others folded certain corners to help distinguish between bills.

The court ruled 2-1 that such adaptations were insufficient. The government might as well argue that, since handicapped people can crawl on all fours or ask for help from strangers, there's no need to make buildings wheelchair accessible, the court said.

It can't be too much further off when we'll reach the point when everyone agrees that the government cannot assign someone to carry you from your couch to your bed, no matter what your issues happen to be.

I wrote about this before when Target was taken to court because their websites discriminate against the blind.  People are not all the same, tall people have an advantage in basketball over short people, sighted people have many advantages over blind people in many areas... it should not be up to Washington to remove colors from the world because some can't see them.

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