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U.S. Currency Reader Program


The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that ss an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, they will provide currency readers, free of charge, to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  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. 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.

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