Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 30 July 2014


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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 30 July 2014

This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Kenny Handiham System. Our contact information is at the end.

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Talking Banknote Identifier

As part of the U.S. government’s meaningful access initiative, the Bureau of Engraving And Printing (BEP) will provide an iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier at no cost to all eligible blind or visually impaired persons who request one.

Beginning September 2, 2014, in partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, the BEP will begin a pilot program where NLS patrons can pre-order an iBill® currency reader. Currency readers will be widely available to eligible others beginning January 2, 2015. NLS patrons or folks who want to become an NLS patron can call 1-888-657-7323 to pre-register to get a currency reader when the National program rolls out in January 2015. Once you register in September, you will be on the list for the first shipment of readers to go out in January, or you can wait and sign up in January when the program is opened up to all blind and low vision folks. If you have questions prior to September 2, 2014, you can call The Bureau of Engraving and Printing at 844-815-9388.

iBill® is a currency reader device that provides a convenient means for blind or visually impaired individuals to identify Federal Reserve notes (U.S. currency). Its compact “key-fob” design allows it to be carried in a pocket or purse, clipped to a belt, or attached to a keychain or lanyard.

The iBill® is a fast and accurate means to identify all Federal Reserve notes in circulation – $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. It is convenient and easy to use. Just insert a Federal Reserve note into the device, press the button on the side, and the denomination is identified. The denomination is announced in one of three ways: a clear natural voice, a pattern of tones, or a pattern of vibrations for privacy. The vibration mode also assists people who are deaf and blind. The iBill® operates on a single, AAA battery which typically lasts for more than a year. The initial battery is included. The iBill® does not identify counterfeit banknotes. Banknotes in poor physical condition are indicated as un- identifiable and are not read.

In addition to distributing currency readers, the BEP will also add a raised tactile feature and continue to add large, high-contrast numerals and different colors to each denomination that it is permitted by law to alter.

NC4BF online study update

Via Yahoo Groups Instructor Forum:

A completely redesigned Handicapped Exam Prep System (HEPS) is available at the link  below.  The system is designed to assist mentors, family members, and volunteers help license candidates with disabilities prepare for an amateur radio license exam.  
     
http://www.nc4fb.org/wordpress/handicapped-exam-prep-system/   
   
A completely redesigned MS Windows-based Exam Prep Support System (EPSS) is available at the link below.  The system is designed to provide instructors with the capability to display flashcards, topic/subelement tests, and sample exams using a video projector or large screen A/V system.  The system supports the NCVEC syllabuses (topics/subelements) for the Technician, General, and Extra exams and also provides a special capability that enables instructors to import their own collections of questions.  This capability allows instructors who are using their own instructional material to display flashcards and test candidates with questions related to the material.  Simple text files containing question numbers of interest (one per line) are created and later imported into EPSS as needed.  If the questions numbers are embedded in the machine-readable text of the instructional material, they can be extracted using regular expressions or a software utility with find and extract capability.  If you would like to use EPSS and need assistance in extracting question numbers from the machine-readable text of your instructional material, Email me.  (Contact form is on the NC4BF website.)      

http://www.nc4fb.org/wordpress/exam-prep-support-system/

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 23 July 2014


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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 23 July 2014

This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Kenny Handiham System. Our contact information is at the end.

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Courage Kenny Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 16 July 2014


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Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for the week of Wednesday, 16 July 2014

This is a free weekly news & information update from Courage Kenny Handiham System. Our contact information is at the end.

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http://handiham.org/audio/handiham16JUL2014.mp3

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