Ed and Toni Eames have been highlighted at our site for many years now. If you have not done so, be sure to check out our information on Guide Dogs and their fabulous articles.
Toni just passed on this wonderful article. I often wondered how money was handled by the visually impaired. Well, now you will know.
Time to break the mold of paper money for the blind
By Eddie Jimenez / The Fresno Bee
Ed and Toni Eames, both blind, each have their own systems to distinguish denominations of paper money once they’ve separated the bills.Ed keeps dollar bills flat, folds $5 bills in half width-wise and $10 bills length-wise. Toni also leaves her dollar bills flat, but folds $5 bills in half twice width-wise and $10 bills in half, but keeps them in a different part of her purse.
They try not to carry around anything larger than $10. That makes it easier to keep track of their money. “If somebody does cheat you, intentionally or unintentionally, you don’t lose a lot of money,” Toni said.
The Fresno couple and other blind and visually impaired people will no longer have to go through this exercise if Pete Stark, a Democratic congressman from Fremont, has his way.