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More Accessible COVID-19 Tests Now Available at No Cost to People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Since the beginning of the pandemic, advocates have been calling on the federal government and manufacturers to develop at-home COVID-19 tests that can be accessed independently by people with vision loss. Now USPS has announced a new initiative to distribute, via mail, more accessible at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests free of charge. One order consisting of two tests may be requested for each residential address. These tests work by using Bluetooth to provide step-by-step instructions and provide audio test results. Users need a smartphone that is Bluetooth-enabled and also must download and install an app from the App Store (for iOs) or Google Play (for Android). Orders are shipped free of charge, while supplies last.  Although, according to disability groups, the free tests “are a step in the right direction,” advocates have noted that the requirement to use an app excludes users who may not be skilled in assistive technology, those with limited tactile or fine motor skills, or individuals who do not have a smartphone. For additional information or to receive the tests, go to the USPS.COM webpage on how to Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests More Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Low Vision. To learn more about the initiative and the response from disability groups, visit the GBH website article entitled USPS to send free, accessible at-home COVID tests to people who are blind or low vision.