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BARD Mobile App

The BARD Mobile app is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, that provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains tens of thousands of books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily.

Get the app for:

  • Resources for Parents of Blind and Low-Vision Children - This guide lists resources for parents of children who are blind or low vision. In it, you will find an explanation of terms parents should know when raising children with visual disabilities, support organizations for parents, where to find accessible reading materials, sports and athletic organizations for blind and low-vision athletes, games, camps, federal and state government agencies, and laws pertaining to the education of blind and low-vision children.
  • Resources for Senior Citizens and Their Families - Listed in this reference guide are resources to assist adults over the age of 55 with disabilities, as well as their caregivers, in handling new physical, psychological, and financial challenges.
  • Braille Literacy: Resources for Learning and Reading - This reference guide covers a broad scope of resources for learning braille. Part One lists resources by the age of the prospective learner. Part Two lists resources for braille transcribers and teachers, covering literary braille, music, international language, and scientific notations. Part Three is a bibliography that includes citations from the fields of education, psychology, neurology, and computer science. Lastly, Part Four lists organizations that offer braille instruction, referrals, and other resources.
  • Resources on Blindness and Disabilities Available on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Service - This reference guide lists, by topic, audio and electronic braille books on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) web service that are related to blindness and other disabilities. BARD is a password-protected download service of NLS that provides access to thousands of books, magazines, and music scores. 
  • Reference Guides list - A list of resources compiling current information on many topics of interest to NLS readers, those who provide services to them, and other interested parties.

The currency reader with a $20 bill inserted."The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) partners with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in support of its US Currency Reader Program, to provide currency reader devices, free of charge, to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The program is part of the US government’s Meaningful Access Initiative to assist individuals who experience difficulties identifying US currency.

The currency reader, called the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier, is a compact device that announces a note’s value in one of three ways: voice, pattern of tones, or pattern of vibrations. Just insert a note into the device and press the button on the side to have the denomination identified.

The currency reader does not identify foreign or counterfeit banknotes. The size of a key fob, it can be carried in a pocket or purse, clipped to a belt, or attached to a keychain or lanyard. It operates on a single AAA battery, which typically lasts for more than a year. The initial battery is included.

Eligible individuals who wish to receive a free currency reader may download an application:

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Currency Reader Mobile Apps

"Additionally, BEP offers currency reader mobile apps for smart devices that may be downloaded for free. The EyeNote for iOS and IDEAL Currency Identifier for Andriod use image recognition technology and the device’s integrated camera to recognize a Federal Reserve note and communicate the note’s denomination back to the user. The currency reader mobile apps do not authenticate a note as being either genuine or counterfeit.

To learn more about the US Currency Reader Program or other aspects of the US government’s initiative to provide meaningful access to US currency or if you need help with your iBill device, call 844-815-9388, email, or visit Meaningful Access Program – Currency Reader Program.

Current NLS patrons may call 888-NLS-READ and request assistance with the application from their network braille and talking book library."