Edmonton GTT Meeting Summary Notes, August 10, 2015

Summary Notes
GTT Edmonton Meeting August 10, 2015

The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton group was held August 10 at 7pm at the Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
18 people attended most of whom were blind or visually impaired.

August 10Feature Topic –iDevice keyboards
• Lorne demonstrated various keyboards for iDevices including how to use them to navigate screens and apps.

Other Activities
• Carrie demonstrated the iOS app called KNFB Reader for iPhone and iPad showing how it can be used to take a picture of a paper document and read it back.
• Russell showed the Cortana voice recognition feature within the new Microsoft Windows 10 Operating System now available as a free upgrade on PCs.
• Members‘ questions were answered regarding Victor Reader Stream, Facebook, and Mac computers.
• Assistance was given to several members with Victor Reader Streams to help them delete notes, delete books, and connect to WIFI.

Lorne provides the following resources to supplement his keyboard demoes. One of the keyboards he demoed was the Logitech Solar charging K760 Bluetooth Keyboard, here’s another audio review:
and here’s a link to many more reviews of Bluetooth keyboards submitted to AppleVis.com:

Lorne demoed some of the keyboard shortcuts you should learn to take full advantage of using a Bluetooth keyboard, many of which are the exact same as those on a Mac. Here’s a list of all keyboard shortcuts, as well as all gestures and what they do on an iPhone or iPad:

and if you don’t know what a particular button does on a paired Bluetooth keyboard, you can press ctrl option K to enter the practice area, and esc to close the practice area, the following link will describe more:

Demonstration of KNFB reader reading app that Carrie showed us:

and here’s a demo for a free alternative to the KNFB Reader reading app called Voice:

Russell demonstrated Cortana in Windows 10. For those who might be thinking of updating to Windows 10 there is information about doing this for JAWS users at:

Funding For Trekker Breeze
With the interest shown in the Trekker Breeze GPS one of our members wanted to remind everyone that funding for this device is available to qualified Albertans through CNIB’s Step program. For more information contact Sharon Koepke at 780-488-4871

Next Meeting Agenda (Monday September 14, 7pm)
• The group wants more hands on experience with Trekker Breeze route navigation.
• In breakout groups we can discuss any topic you wish. Please bring your technology, your questions and answers.
• We will continue to collect the $10 membership fee for 2016 to secure our application as an official chapter of CCB. We will not restrict participation in GTT to members only but we hope as many of you as possible will help GTT Edmonton by becoming members. Both sighted and vision impaired people can be members.

Church Meeting Logistics
Some logistics for future meetings.
• GTT meetings will be every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
• We meet in the basement meeting hall.
• Please enter the church from the back door only. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
• Try to arrive between 6:45pm and 7:15pm after which the door will be locked. If you arrive late there is a door bell to the right of the outside door.
• If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.

GTT Edmonton Team
• Gerry Chevalier is blind. He is retired from HumanWare where he worked as the Product Manager for the Victor Reader line of talking book players.
• Heather MacDonald is the specialist for CNIB career and employment services. She has a wealth of experience helping blind and visually impaired people with the challenges of finding employment.
• Carrie Anton is visually impaired and is the accessibility specialist for Athabasca University.
• Russell Solowoniuk is blind and works with alternative formats and assistive technology at Grant MacEwan University.
• Lorne Weber is blind and is the accessibility specialist for Norquest College.

GTT Edmonton Overview
• GTT is sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
• CCB now has GTT chapters in Ottawa, Victoria, and Nanaimo.
• There is a national GTT monthly teleconference as well.
• GTT Edmonton will foster the same learning experience as the above GTT chapters by holding monthly meetings to help participants with all manner of assistive technology.
• Each meeting will have a feature technology discussed in the first hour and general question and answer about any other technology in the second hour.
• Small groups or even one on one assistance is possible at the meetings.
• Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because the second hour is for any and all questions. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
• Participants decide what the feature topic will be for the next meeting.

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2 thoughts on “Edmonton GTT Meeting Summary Notes, August 10, 2015

  1. Hello,

    I find that you folks are discussing lot of good items in which I would be interested. I am blind and reside in coquitlam, British Columbia. Is there any way I can get details on the discussion. Please let me know. thanks George.


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