GTT Vancouver Meeting Agenda, Online Shopping and Round Table Tech Talk, December 7, 2019

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Vancouver!

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

in partnership with

Blind Beginnings

And

Vancouver Community College

 

December 2019 Theme: Online Shopping Experiences and Round Table Tech Talk

 

GTT Vancouver:

Date and Time: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10AM to 12Noon

Where: Vancouver Community College, Broadway campus – Room 2501 Building A 1155 East Broadway

 

Hour one:

Monty Lilburn will lead a Round Table discussion on anything participants want to talk about, and that Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday have just gone by us we might engage in discussions about online shopping and all that is entailed in participating in that form of consumerism.  Participants are encouraged to show up with positive stories and tips to share or apprehension and accessibility horror stories.

 

Hour two:

Following the first-hour discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions on any technology topic or receive advice on an issue they may be experiencing.

 

For more information contact either Shawn Marsolais or Albert Ruel:

shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or 604-434-7243.

Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net or 250-240-2343

 

What is GTT?

 

An opportunity for individuals who are blind or partially sighted to get together and

  • Share how they are using assistive technology for work, school, and in their daily lives
  • Learn from others who are using different assistive technology
  • Request information on new technology
  • Mentor and support each other

 

You’re invited, and encouraged to circulate this invitation widely to your circle of friends, colleagues and family who have an interest in peer support in the area of assistive technology.

 

For more information about GTT contact:

Shawn Marsolais         Albert Ruel

Shawn@BlindBeginnings.ca         Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

604-434-7243                       1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

 

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Create a Desktop Shortcut for a Desktop App, December 4, 2019

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

 

Windows Desktop – Create a shortcut for a desktop app

Perhaps you want a shortcut on your desktop to launch a frequently used app like Excel, Word, or any other app on your Start menu.

  • Press Windows key to open the Start menu.
    • Tab to the all apps list and arrow through the list of apps to highlight the app you want and press the Applications key to open the context menu for the app.
  • Choose Open file location, or if that isn’t present on the menu, open the More sub menu, and then choose Open file location.
  • File Explorer opens at the location where the shortcut for the app is stored, and the shortcut to the app will be selected.
  • Press the Applications key to open the shortcut’s context menu.
  • From the context menu, choose the Send to sub menu, and choose Desktop (create shortcut).
  • Press Alt + F4 to close File Explorer. A shortcut to the app is now present on your desktop.

 

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

GTT Toronto Meting Agenda, Online Shopping, December 12, 2019 via Zoom Conference

GTT Toronto Adaptive Technology User Group

December 12, 2019

 

An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind

In Partnership with the CNIB Foundation

 

*Note: This meeting is being held one week earlier than usual on the second Thursday of December.

*Note: Reading Tip: This Invitation applies HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading.

 

Hey Everyone, You’re Invited!

 

Theme: Online Shopping

 

The Date & Time:

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 PM til 8:00 PM

The Place:

CNIB community Hub at 1525 Yonge St.

 

Hey everyone!

 

To give you room for the holiday season, we’re holding our December meeting a week early, on Thursday December 12, from 6pm to 8pm, at the CNIB Community Hub, 1525 Yonge Street!

 

Join presenter Aamer Khan discussing the diverse world of online shopping at the last GTT Toronto meeting before the holidays!

 

Get ready and get set to talk all about shopping on the Internet;

  • Amazon, Walmart and GroupOn,
  • We’ll talk about shopping dot com,
  • Ask questions and don’t be shy,
  • There’s plenty out there to buy,

 

Snacks will be served.

 

If you can’t make it in person, you can conference in via our brand new ZOOM line.  Go to the Meeting Conference Info on our website.

Please remember to book your WheelTrans rides for pick up before 8pm.  If you can’t get a ride before 8pm, please book your return pick up from the Midtown Gastro Hub at 1535 Yonge right next door.

Bring your tech, bring your questions, and Get together with Technology!

GTT Toronto

https://www.gtt-toronto.ca/

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/5119510004

 

One tap mobile, Toronto Local:

+16475580588,,5119510004#

 

Toronto Local:

+1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 511 951 0004

 

As usual, light refreshments will be served.

And don’t forget, you can get the notes from our past meetings at

https://www.gtt-toronto.ca/

 

So, bring your adaptive technology, and your questions, and join the GTT Toronto adaptive technology user group!

 

To visit GTT Toronto’s web page for meeting announcements and summary notes visit this link.

 

GTT Toronto Adaptive Technology User Group Overview:

  • GTT Toronto is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Toronto promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each meeting consists of a feature technology topic, questions and answers about technology, and one-on-one training where possible.
  • Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
  • There are GTT groups across Canada as well as a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:

http://www.gttprogram.wordpress.com/

There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.

 

World Blind Union Employment Survey, Deadline January 31, 2020

Hi GTT Blog Readers.  Please consider completing this WBU employment survey.  I’m providing a brief excerpt from their website followed by the link where you can learn more, and where you can actually access the survey itself.

 

Survey Deadline: January 31. 2020

 

Quoted text:

WBU has developed a short survey to identify employment patterns of people who are blind or partially sighted and of working-age throughout the world.

 

The WBU Employment Committee is undertaking this project to understand the levels of employment for individuals with sight loss. This research will provide up-to-date data on employment for people who are blind or have low vision (partial sight). Current employment information is old (more than 10 years old in most countries) and much of the information that is available is not specific to people who are blind or have low vision (partial sight). The information available also doesn’t provide details about the nature and type of employment or about barriers to employment that people with vision impairment face.

The purpose of this survey is to understand how WBU can best advocate for individuals who are blind or have partial sight. The survey designed for the WBU membership can be completed in 20-25 minutes and it is available in English, French, and Spanish.

End of quoted text.

 

http://www.worldblindunion.org/English/news/Pages/World-Blind-Union-Employment-Survey.aspx

 

Thx, Albert

 

 

 

GTT Victoria Meeting Agenda, Round Table Tech Discussion, December 4, 2019

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Victoria

 

A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind

in Partnership with

The Greater Victoria Public Library

 

Theme: General Tech Round Table Discussion

 

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Time: 1:00 until 3:00 PM

Where: Community Room, GVPL, Main Branch 735 Broughton St

 

First Hour:

Albert Ruel will facilitate a discussion encouraging everyone in the room to share what’s working and not working with their technology.  Bring us your questions, nuggets and frustrations to share with the group.

 

Hour Two:

Let’s just keep the discussion going about vision loss, blindness and how peer support, technology and rehabilitation services can support ongoing adjustment.

 

For More Information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email us at GTT.Victoria@Gmail.com

 

CCB Backgrounder:

 

The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

 

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

 

 

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: http://www.ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT-NOVI Nanaimo, Xmas Luncheon and General Tech Discussion, December 3, 2019

You’re Invited

 

Please share this invitation widely to anyone you think will benefit from our collective knowledge.

 

GTT Nanaimo

A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind

 

In Partnership with

No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired (NOVI) Nanaimo

 

Theme: Christmas Luncheon Plans, and General Tech Discussion

 

Where:

The 710 Club, 285 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo

Date:

December 3, 2019

Time:

1:00 PM until 3:30 PM

 

 

Hour One:

Henk and Debbie Pauelsen will discuss plans for the NOVI Christmas Luncheon to be hosted on December 7 for members and guests.  NOVI Christmas Luncheon at the Old City Station Pub, 150Skinner Street Nanaimo, across from the city Parking lot.  It will be a beer and burger lunch.  You can choose Beef, Chicken or Veggie and whatever drink you like along with a dessert.

 

Hour Two:

General discussion about vision loss, blindness and how peer support, technology and blindness rehabilitation services can make the difference in our adjustment.

 

To RSVP, or for more information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

 

Backgrounder

 

NOVI Social and Recreational Organization, and the Get Together with Technology group come together to serve the peer mentoring, assistive technology and daily living skills development needs of Nanaimo and area residents.

 

Since 2001 the Nanaimo Organization of the Vision Impaired (NOVI) has served the social and recreational needs of Nanaimo residents, and recently this group altered its name to better reflect the dynamic nature of their brand of mutual support and forward thinking ideas and activities.  It is now known as “No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired” (NOVI), and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the 710 Club from 1:30 until 3:30 PM.

 

Since 2013 Get Together with Technology (GTT), a program of the Canadian Council of the Blind, has been meeting monthly in Nanaimo to provide opportunities for blind and partially sighted residents to learn more about the assistive technology so prevalent in our lives as we attempt to level the playing field in education, social interaction, recreation and independent living.

 

These two groups have embarked on an amalgamation of their efforts while expanding their support to the blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted residents of the Nanaimo and Parksville areas.  In order to facilitate this collaboration GTT has moved its meetings to align with the Tuesday NOVI gatherings so the two organizations can consolidate their human resources that more and better support may be delivered.

 

  • 1st Tuesday from 1:30 until 3:30 PM, NOVI Social/recreational gathering in Nanaimo lead by Henk Pauelsen in the first hour with GTT lead by Albert Ruel in the second hour.

 

For more information please contact:

 

NOVI:

Henk Pauelsen at 250-586-6285 or NOVI-Group@Shaw.ca

GTT:

Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343 or Albert.GTT@CCBNational.nett

 

 

GTT Duncan Meeting Agenda, Barb Schuster and Round Table Tech Discussion, December 12, 2019

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Duncan

 

An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind,

in Partnership with the

Vancouver Island Regional Library, N. Cowichan Branch

 

Theme: Barb Schuster and Round Table Tech Discussion

Date:  December 12, 2019

Time:  4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: Vancouver Island Regional Library, N. Cowichan Branch

2687 James Street Duncan BC

 

First Hour:

Michelle Creedy and Albert Ruel will lead a discussion on all things blindness and low vision related, and we will enjoy a visit from Barb Schuster, Orientation and Mobility Instructor from CNIB/Vision Rehab BC.

Second Hour:

More of the same.

 

For More Information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or by email at Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

 

CCB Backgrounder:

 

The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

 

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

 

 

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: http://www.ccbnational.net

 

VoiceOver vs. Talkback: My Time on the Other Side | AppleVis

Having read this well done article I think I remain comfortable with my decision to stay with the iPhone.

###A Fair Look at Talkback and VoiceOver
— Read on www.applevis.com/blog/voiceover-vs-talkback-my-time-other-side

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, How to Create a Desktop Shortcut, November 27, 2019

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

 

Windows Desktop Icon – How to Create

If you use a folder or web site often, you may wish to create an icon for it on your desktop.

  • Press the Windows key plus M to focus on the desktop.
  • Press Control+Space to unselect the icon you are focused on.
  • Press the Applications key or Shift+F10 to bring up the context menu for the Desktop.
  • Arrow down the menu and press Enter on the New submenu.
  • Arrow down the New submenu and press Enter on Shortcut.
  • A wizard opens asking you to type the target location for the new icon. This can be a folder or document or a web site. For folders or filenames there is a Browse button to allow you to find the exact path to that document or folder. If the shortcut is for a web site, you need to type the exact HTTP address. If it is a long address it may be best to first go to that web site and then press Alt+D to focus on the address bar and then press Control+C to copy that web page address to the clipboard. Then you can simply press Control+V to paste the web address from the clipboard into this location field of the wizard.
  • After filling in the target location, TAB to the Next button and press Space bar.
  • Then type the name of the icon as you wish it to appear on your desktop .
  • TAB to the Finish button and press space bar. The new icon will now be on your desktop.

Anytime you are on your desktop, you can select the icon and press Enter to activate it. To select the icon, arrow to it or type the first letter of its name.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Mystic Access: You’re Invited to Our Festive Open House, News On Updated Tutorials, Black Friday Deals, and Even More Shopping Opportunities

Dear GTT participants, here is an event you may wish to sit in on.  It promises to offer some good deals, fun and information.  I personally have benefited from a couple of the courses and tutorials this organization sells, and their free offerings are also of tremendous value.

 

You’re Invited to Our Festive Open House, News On Updated Tutorials, Black Friday Deals, and Even More Shopping Opportunities

 

Our best deals of the year are almost here! As usual, we’ll have amazing discounts on almost everything we offer at Mystic Access. Stock up on gifts for yourself and those you love at insane prices. Beginning Friday morning, November 29, through the end of day on Giving Tuesday December 3, 2019, you will automatically receive:

  • 25% off of our audio tutorials, including newer products such as our Chromebooks tutorial, and perennial favorites like our Alexa and Google Suite of Products tutorials
  • 20% off of training, consulting and coaching sessions. All sessions are recorded for your later reference
  • 10% off of hardware, including our Bluetooth speakers, bone conduction headphones, and awesome fully reversible micro USB cables. All of our hardware products are shipped with comprehensive audio tutorials on SD cards, so that you can learn to use your new devices quickly and easily

 

The fun doesn’t end with the deep discounts, either. To celebrate another great year with all of you, we’re throwing an open house on Friday, November 29, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM eastern time. While we can’t offer you leftovers, we can supply answers to your product questions, talk about the cool tech you’re hoping will land in your stocking this year, and otherwise share in cozy conversation with you. Come sit by our virtual fireside and get to know us better. We’d love for you to visit during our open house event. This was insanely popular last year, so we’re doing it again! It’s a time for all of us to let our hair down and have some fun together! Oh, and did we mention there will be games and prizes this year, too? Please note that this will not be recorded.