Yes, it's all about that elusive cash. Trouble is, when you are visually impaired, knowing what each bill is in your wallet can be a bit of a process. yes there are gadgets and software too out there that will read aloud your bill, though if you're like me, you may not have your money identifier and cash together.
Earlier this week, the bank of Canada unveiled the new series of notes for all the world to see. Can I get one now you may ask? Nope, not yet. The $100 is scheduled for circulation in November 2011 with the $50 in March of 2012. The rest of the bills will follow with the entire series available in 2013. So, get those hundreds when you can. <grin>
What makes this series different from an accessibility point of view? In order to answer that question we need to step back a bit. Currently all Canadian bills have a tactile feature allowing you to see which bill you have. It is similar to a braille cell. The larger the denomination, the more "cells" there are on the bill. So, for instance, the $5 has one cell, while the $100 has 5 of them.
Although the concept is an excellent one, trouble is with the current series these tactile features fade after the bills have been circulating for a while. This is because they are paper based and literally where down. With the new series of notes, the bills are polymer based. Yes, that's right, plastic. This means that those tactile markings we talked about earlier won't fade away. The bills are waterproof so if you are one of those people who doesn't always check your pockets before doing the laundry that's OK. It simply means you'll have really clean cash to spend afterwards.
To learn more about the new series of bank notes check out the following links.