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  • From: Erica McCaul <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:11:10 -0400

Please excuse... Trying to work out email problem on my iPad. 
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On Oct 21, 2012, at 9:26 AM, "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> > The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of the "IDEAL 
> > Currency Identifier," a free downloadable application (app) to assist 
> > individuals who are blind or visually impaired to denominate U.S. currency 
> > on some mobile devices.
> >> The IDEAL Currency Identifier was developed by IDEAL Group, IQ Engines, 
> >> and the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) at the 
> >> Georgia Institute of Technology through a grant from the Department of 
> >> Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 
> >> (NIDRR), a component of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative 
> >> Services. NIDRR is the primary U.S. government agency focused on 
> >> disability and rehabilitation research. Its mission is to generate 
> >> research knowledge and assistive technologies while promoting their 
> >> effective use in improving the abilities and opportunities of individuals 
> >> with disabilities in performing activities of their choice in the 
> >> community. The initiative supports the Department of Treasury's Bureau of 
> >> Engraving and Printing (BEP) in its mandate to provide increased access to 
> >> U.S. currency for persons who are blind and visually impaired.
> >> Dr. Charlie Lakin, the Director of NIDRR, issued the following statement: 
> >> "Through our dialogue with the BEP, a special opportunity emerged to 
> >> fulfill our mission in support of persons who are blind and visually 
> >> impaired. The IDEAL Currency Identifier uses advanced image recognition 
> >> technology to read a note and, in a matter of seconds, provides users with 
> >> an audible response indicating the note's denomination."
> >> Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios applauded the Department of 
> >> Education's role in the app's development. "Treasury is committed to 
> >> providing meaningful access to U.S. currency and, by using technology, we 
> >> can help hundreds of thousands of individuals who are blind or visually 
> >> impaired. Our collaboration with the Department of Education allowed us to 
> >> be resourceful and, in turn, more individuals will have the means to 
> >> independently denominate the U.S. currency they use in daily commerce."
> >> The app, which interacts with Google's "Eyes-Free" applications, can be 
> >> downloaded for free on more than 1,250 different wireless devices. The 
> >> IDEAL Currency Identifier was developed by Apps4Android, Inc., a 
> >> subsidiary of IDEAL Group that develops mobile applications. Android-based 
> >> devices are produced by 48 manufacturers and distributed by 60 wireless 
> >> service providers in 136 countries.
> >> This new app is one of several measures the government is developing to 
> >> assist people with vision impairments to denominate currency. In April 
> >> 2011, the BEP introduced EyeNote(r), a similar currency reading mobile 
> >> app. There have been more than 8,000 free downloads of the EyeNote(r) app 
> >> since its introduction.
> >> In May 2011, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner approved three measures to 
> >> provide accessibility to U.S. currency for those who are blind or visually 
> >> impaired. These measures include implementing a Currency Reader Program to 
> >> distribute a currency reader device to blind and visually impaired U.S. 
> >> citizens; continuing to add large high-contrast numerals and different 
> >> background colors to redesigned currency the BEP may lawfully change; and 
> >> adding a raised tactile feature to U.S. currency unique to each U.S. 
> >> Federal Reserve note that BEP may lawfully change, which would provide 
> >> users with a means of identifying each denomination via touch. For more 
> >> information about the IDEAL Currency Identifier and other accessibility 
> >> apps, please visit www.moneyfactory.gov<http://www.moneyfactory.gov/>.
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