GTT Edmonton Meeting September 14, 2015
The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton group was held September 14 at 7pm at the Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83
Street in Edmonton.
18 people attended most of whom were blind or visually impaired.
• 15 participants paid their $10 2016 membership fee towards our application to make GTT Edmonton an official chapter of CCB.
• Election of chapter coordinator and assistant coordinator: Gerry Chevalier volunteered to act as chapter coordinator and Carrie Anton as assistant coordinator
through the end of 2016. There were no other nominees from meeting participants so Gerry and Carrie were confirmed by acclamation.
Wendie Schnellert volunteered to be membership coordinator and treasurer for our new chapter. Thank you Wendie.
September 14Feature Topic –Trekker Breeze Walk
Dave, Jonathan, and Gerry each took 1 or 2 participants on a 2 block Breeze walk to demonstrate how to record a route and then follow it back to the starting
• Wayne demonstrated the Standscan Pro which is an iPhone stand that can be useful for holding the phone stationary so that multi-page documents can be
more easily scanned using an app such as KNFB reader. More info at:
• Member questions were answered regarding various topics including the new version JAWS 17, new iPhone models, Siri, USB 3G sticks for connecting laptops
to the Internet, and wifi hot spots.
• More information about the new JAWS version 17 can be found at:
• Freedom Scientific FSCAST podcast episodes 114 and 113 also discuss JAWS 17. To download them visit:
• AppleVIS has posted several new podcasts about the features and accessibility of new iOS version 9
On this page use your heading navigation to move to the Most Recent Updates and Publications section.
• Apple has already created an accessibility page for its new improved Apple TV just announced:
Next Meeting Agenda (Monday October 19, 7pm)
• The usual second Monday is Thanksgiving so the meeting will be the third Monday October 19. Even though this will be the federal election day it was
the best available choice.
• We will focus on reading devices including Victor Reader and iPhone.
• Finding/downloading audio and e-books including books from CNIB/CELA and Bookshare.
• Bob Logue has offered to demo the iPhone app to download audio books from the Edmonton Public Library Overdrive service
• Bring your book reading questions along with your Stream and Stratus book players.
• We can also talk about Related topics such as the differences between DAISY, e-books, EPUB, and PDF.
• In breakout groups we can discuss any other topic you wish. Please bring your technology, your questions and answers.
Meeting Location and Logistics
• Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
• We meet in the basement hall.
• Please enter the church from the back door only. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
• Meetings are typically every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
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
• 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.