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Press release from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Abstract:  This article provides information regarding a free downloadable application (app) that will recognize the denomination of US currency.

Key words: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Us Dept of Treasury, blind and visually impaired, US currency, apps

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has developed a free downloadable application (app) to assist the blind and visually impaired denominate US currency.  The app is called EyeNote™.  EyeNote™ is a mobile device app designed for Apple iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4), and the 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad2 platforms, and is available through the Apple iTunes App Store.    

EyeNote™ uses image recognition technology to determine a note’s denomination.  The mobile device’s camera requires 51 percent of a note’s scanned image, front or back, to process.  In a matter of seconds, EyeNote™ can provide an audible or vibrating response, and can denominate all Federal Reserve notes issued since 1996.  Free downloads will be available whenever new US currency designs are introduced.  Research indicates that more than 100,000 blind and visually impaired individuals could currently own an Apple iPhone.

The EyeNoteTM app is one of a variety of measures the government is working to deploy to assist the visually impaired community to denominate currency, as proposed in a recent Federal Register notice.  These measures include implementing a Currency Reader Program whereby a United States resident, who is blind or visually impaired, may obtain a coupon that can be applied toward the purchase of a device to denominate United States currency; continuing to add large high contrast numerals and different background colors to redesigned currency; and, raised tactile features may be added to redesigned currency, which would provide users with a means of identifying each denomination via touch.

 More information is available at http://www.eyenote.gov/ or through email at .

 More information can be found also at: http://www.bep.treas.gov/uscurrency/meaningfulaccess

Press release from Seedling Braille Books for Children

Abstract:  This article describes the Rose Project that provides free World Book Encyclopedia articles in Braille to blind children in grades 1 -12.

Key words:  Blindness, visually impaired, Seedling Braille Books for Children, literacy, education

We are very pleased to announce that Seedlings' Rose Project received a grant from Delta Kappa Gamma which will allow us to continue to provide Free World Book Encyclopedia articles in braille to blind children grades 1-12.

Students from across the United States contact Seedlings via the web, by telephone or email and provide the subject(s) or topic(s) of interest for which they would like information. A staff member produces the articles and sends them to the student’s home or school, via UPS, free-of-charge within five business days.

Every year we have requests from new students and/or students that have recently been diagnosed as visually impaired. The Rose Project allows us to continue to fill a need in their lives so they can continue to grow and learn and become independent and successful individuals.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Livonia dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality children’s literature in braille. For more information on the Rose Project, or to request an article, please visit http://www.seedlings.org/rose.php or contact us at (800) 777-8552.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children

14151 Farmington Rd.

Livonia, MI 48154

www.seedlings.org