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New App to Identify US Currency from Department of Education

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 24, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the launch of the “IDEAL Currency Identifier,” a free downloadable application (app) to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired to denominate U.S. currency on some mobile devices. The IDEAL Currency Identifier was developed by IDEAL Group, IQ Engines, and the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology through a grant from the Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), a component of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

ODEP Launches Workplace Disability Toolkit

Posted By Anne Long | Oct 22, 2012

On October 11th, the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness month by debuting the first Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, an online resource intended to bring a “new dimension” to the issue as part of the larger push to tackle chronically high unemployment rates among Americans with disabilities.  While past efforts to promote workplace flexibility have focused on “the when and where” of jobs, the new toolkit will use a trove of employer tips, fact sheets and report findings to broaden the policy horizon to include “what work is done.”  "Workplace flexibility is a universal strategy that promotes an inclusive workforce and levels the playing field for people with disabilities," said ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez.  "These resources and unique approach will help all workers with complex employment situations become more productive."  For more information: