Blind, visually-impaired individuals can apply to receive electronic currency reader

Identifies denominations by voice, a pattern of tones or a pattern of vibrations, and battery is included
By , Coin World
Published : 01/05/15
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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is now accepting and processing applications from blind or visually impaired individuals who wish to receive a free currency reader.

This initiative is one of a number of steps the BEP is taking to introduce technologies and features to make U.S. paper currency accessible to all individuals. 

The reader, called iBill® Currency Identifier, provides a convenient means for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify all Federal Reserve notes (U.S. currency) in circulation. It uses a single AAA battery, which is included, and denominates the note in one of three modes: a clear natural voice, a pattern of tones, or a pattern of vibrations for privacy. The vibration mode also assists people who are deaf and blind.

The U.S. Currency Reader Program is a component of the BEP’s initiative to provide meaningful access to Federal Reserve notes. Interested individuals can download the application from the BEP’s website.

It must be filled out completely, signed by a competent authority that can certify eligibility, and returned to the mailing address provided on the form.

Questions or comments can be made by telephoning the BEP toll-free 844-815-9388 or by sending an email to meaningful.access@bep.gov.

More information about the program is available on the BEP website, www.bep.gov.

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