The announcement below is from the Bureau of Engravings and Printing (BEP) regarding the availability of currency readers. Here is a link to the webpage with the article that has been pasted in below: http://www.bep.gov/
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
U.S. Department of the Treasury
As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the BEP is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.
The BEP recently announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program. Details of the announcement can be found in a press release issued on Thursday, July 3, 2014, and another released on Monday, July 14, 2014.
The U.S. Currency Reader Program will launch in two phases:
Pilot: Beginning September 2, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, (NLS) the BEP will initiate a four-month pilot where NLS patrons can pre-order a currency reader. The pilot program allows the government to test its ordering and distribution processes and gauge demand for currency readers. To receive a currency reader, eligible individuals who are currently patrons of NLS need only call 1-888-NLS-READ; the account will be noted and a currency reader will be delivered to the address on file.
National Rollout: Currency readers will be widely available to all U.S. citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired, starting January 2, 2015. Individuals who are not NLS patrons must submit an application, signed by a competent authority who can certify eligibility. Applications will be available on this website and processed for non-patrons of NLS beginning January 2, 2015.
Additional information about the U.S. Currency Reader Program and about the currency reader device can be found in the links below. The BEP encourages organizations that support the blind and visually impaired community to distribute these materials, or to incorporate the information provided into individualized communications.
- U.S. Currency Reader Program Brochure
- Print Guide for Using the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier
- Video Guide for Using the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier
Contact Us: For additional questions or comments about the U.S. Currency Reader Program you may call (844) 815-9388 toll-free or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about NLS: NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page. More information about the program and other services provided by NLS can be viewed at http://www.loc.gov/nls/.