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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