AUDIBLE MEDICINE LABELS
In 2016, many pharmacies began offering medicine labels in audible, large print, and Braille formats. ScripTalk is an audible prescription service wherein the pharmacy attaches a special prescription label to the medication. En-Vision America provides the customer with a free handheld ScripTalk reader, which reads a medicine label with the push of a button. A list of participating ScripTalk pharmacies is available at www.envisionamerica.com/ourpharmacies. You can also call En-Vision at 1-800-890-1180 for more information.
In 2016, a Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) mobile app was created for use on the 2nd generation Kindle Fire (Fire, Fire Phone, Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HDX 8.9 WAN, etc.). The mobile app for the 2nd generation Kindle Fire device can be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore.
Likewise, a new update for the BARD Mobile app for iOS devices was released in October 2016 and is available at the Apple App Store. Version 1.1 includes the following features: a built-in sleep timer (a new option to keep the device from sleeping while a download is in progress), the ability to add to a wish list directly from the details screen, an enhanced Braille search function, improved VoiceOver hints and labels, a new Braille shortcut key and improved Magic Tap response. This update works with iOS 9 (and earlier) versions.
CURRENCY READER PROGRAM
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals. Currency readers became widely available to all U.S. Citizens, or persons legally residing in the U.S. who are blind or visually impaired on January 2, 2015. Qualified residents interested in receiving a currency reader through the U.S. Currency Reader Program can submit an application through the Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH). Call 800-392-5671 for assistance.
In early 2012, BPH unveiled a project called Download Alabama which is designed to offer patrons without computers and/or high-speed Internet access to customized downloads. With this process, a patron submits a list of books they want to read and BPH staff download up to ten books on one digital cartridge. The cartridge will be checked out to the patron for a three-month period. This program allows access to a constant flow of books to each recipient.
There is always information to share with groups and/or individuals interested in the programs offered through BPH. If you are interested in having a representative join you for an upcoming community, social or service group meeting; a health fair; or even a classroom visit, please give BPH a call and make an appointment. Staff will prepare formal presentations or simply set up a table and provide applications or information about the BPH program.
BPH is always looking for new volunteers to lend helping hands in several areas of the operation. If you are interested in serving as a BPH volunteer, or know someone who is, please contact us by e-mail or call 800-392-5671.