[Greater-baltimore] Opportunity to help the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Danielsen, Chris CDanielsen at nfb.org
Tue Mar 10 20:10:51 UTC 2015

Fellow Federationists:

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is working on adding tactile features to paper money, or currency, so that those who are blind or have low vision will be able to identify bills by touch. In addition, the BEP has a program to give  free bill identifiers to blind individuals. Below is an announcement about how we can help the BEP design tactile features for paper money, and how you can get a bill identifier if you don't yet have one. Please consider participating in this opportunity, as the feedback of blind people is very important in helping the BEP to design tactile features that will be useful to us. Please contact Sabra Pressman at the BEP, whose announcement and information are below, to participate or for more information.


The Bureau of Engraving and Printing will be conducting panel testing  for the down selection for the ink application process in applying a tactile feature to the next series of U.S. Currency.  There will be two test panels of 20 participants each conducted next week at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, located at 200 east Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.  The first test panel will be conducted on Wednesday March 18 from 9 AM until 4 PM, allowing one hour per participant.  The second panel testing will be Thursday March 19th from 9 AM until 4 PM.  To sign up to be a participant please email Sabra Pressman  sabra.pressman at bep.gov<mailto:sabra.pressman at bep.gov> with the times you can be available. She will email or call you with available time slots in your requested range. Please respond no later than 4 PM Monday March 16th.
Also, If you have not received your free currency reader from the U.S. Currency Reader Program, the BEP will be distributing currency readers at the time of testing to those who would like one.

Christopher S. Danielsen, J.D.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Office: (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
Mobile: (410) 262-1281
Email: cdanielsen at nfb.org<mailto:cdanielsen at nfb.org>
Twitter: @NFB_Voice

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