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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

Feb 17, 2023


Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing, or other special needs!

If you’re looking for an app to help identify bills, check out Cash Reader.  Cash Reader is a money-reading mobile app designed specifically for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

To use the app, simply point your phone’s camera at almost any banknote and instantly hear the value.  If you want to be more private, the app can also transform banknote value into a series of vibrations.

A neat feature of Cash Reader is that it is fully accessible with VoiceOver and supports Siri Shortcuts.  Using voice commands, you can quickly open the app or switch identification to another currency.

Other features of Cash Reader include:

  • Assistive technology that reads money value aloud with ease
    • Switch to silent mode and the banknote denomination will be transformed into vibrations
  • According to the app’s description, the app identifies the largest number of world currencies
  • Optimized for use with iOS VoiceOver and Android TalkBack
  • Point your phone’s camera in a direction of a note and the app will tell you the denomination in real-time; no need to worry about the angle, light, or focusing!
  • Features large contrasting characters for individuals with visual impairments
  • Reliable offline application works without an internet connection
  • The free version recognizes only two or three lowest denominations for every currency
  • The full version is available for purchase in the app with a 14-day free trial
    • The full version unlocks unlimited access to all banknote denominations

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I'd like to take a moment to thank InTRAC, the Indiana Telephone Relay Access Corporation for sponsoring our transcript today.  You can find out more about InTRAC at

That was your Accessibility Minute for this week! I’m Laura Medcalf with the INDATA Project at Easterseals Crossroads, in Indiana.