iBill technology speaks value of currency to visually-impaired people

iBill technology speaks value of currency to visually-impaired people


WELCO ROB: SOME PEOPLE CALL THE FOCUS OF OUR NEXT GREAT A GAME CHANGER — TECHNOLOGY GIVING THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED MORE OPTIONS TO SEE THEIR MONEY. IT IS A NEW PROGRAM UNDER THE U.S. TREASURY. CHINH DOAN SHOWS US HOW IT IS ALREADY HELPING. CHINH DOAN: CINDY WHITE HAS BEEN BLIND FOR 20 YEARS. MOST BLIND PEOPLE I HAVE MET, THEY FIND A WAY. CHINH DOAN: SHE HAS LEARNED TO RELY ON OTHER SENSES BUT THEY ARE LITTLE HELP WHEN SHE HAS TO TELL A ONE DOLLAR BILL FROM A $100 BILL. ADVANTAGE OF AND EVEN LOST MONEY. THERE IS NEW TECHNOLOGY NOW SHE CAN COUNT ON. THIS IS THE BATTERY OPERATED I-BILL CURRENCY READER. IT CAN SPEAK, OR VIBRATE THE VALUE OF U.S. CURRENCY WITHIN SECONDS. WHITE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY TO GET ONE PROGRAM. ANY U.S. CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT CONSIDERED BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CAN GET ONE IN THE MAIL. IT IS ALSO FOR PEOPLE FOR GETTING OLDER. CANNOT READ NORMAL TYPE RENTED MATERIAL. CHINH DOAN: SHE TELLS US THAT THIS HAS BEEN IN THE WORK FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING HAS ISSUED ABOUT 100 I-BILL’S. IT COSTS ABOUT $100. CHINH DOAN: SO FAR, GREAT FEEDBACK. IT IS VERY EASY TO USE AND CONVENIENT AND FOR A LOT OF DIGNITY THAT THEY CAN USE THEM DURING TRANSACTIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE. CHINH DOAN: EACH DAY, IT IS A LITTLE EASIER FOR CINDY WHITE AND OTHERS TO BE AS INDEPENDENT THERE IS ALL KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY THAT IS HELPING US. IT IS LEVELING THE PLAYING ROB: TO GET A CURRENCY READER, YOU HAVE TO SEND AN APPLICATION TO THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND

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