GTT Edmonton Meeting December 14,, 2015
The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held December 14 at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
40 people attended.
December Feature Topic – Aroga Technologies Exhibit
We thank Aroga, Canada’s premiere retailer of assistive technology, for a very extensive exhibit the likes of which we have not seen in Edmonton for many years. Thanks also to Aroga who treated us all with pizza. Participants met the local Edmonton rep from Aroga, Lisa Boone as well as Aroga’s Chief Operations Officer, Steve Barclay, who joined us from Vancouver. See the Resources section below for their contact details. Steve gave an overview of all the equipment and then participants browsed the technology to ask questions.
Exhibit Included in Part:
• Electronic magnification and OCR scanning systems: Davinci Pro, Prodigi Duo, Prodigi Connect, Pebble Mini, Pebble HD, Amigo HD, Acrobat 27”, Magnilink Student HD, and several hand-held electronic magnifiers.
• Electronic Braille: Braille Edge, Braille Sense, U2, U2 QWERTY, Braillenote Apex, Apex QWERTY, Brailliant, Braille Pen 12T, 6-Dot Brailler, Cyclone Embosser, Trident Embosser, and Phoenix Embosser.
• Digital Book Players: Victor Reader Stream, Victor Reader Stratus, HIMS Blaze EZ, Plextalk Pocket, Plextalk PTX1.
• Other: iGlass, Franklin Anybook.
• For more information about Aroga technology visit:
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Toll Free 1-800-561-6222
• Steve Barclay, Chief Operations Officer:
Toll Free 1-800-561-6222 ext. 1102
• Lisa Boone, Edmonton based Assistive Technology Specialist:
Toll Free 1-800-561-6222
• CNIB STEP Program
CNIB offers the Specialized Technical Equipment Program (STEP) which provides funding for CNIB clients to purchase assistive technology for home use. To learn more about the STEP program visit:
CNIB Alberta STEP Program
Or call CNIB in Edmonton at 780-488-4871 and ask to speak to someone about the STEP program.
Next Meeting (Monday January 11 at 7pm)
• We are hoping to have a representative from Edmonton Public Library join us to discuss the CELA library service available to print-disabled people including DAISY CD, DAISY download, and DAISY Direct to Player audio books as well as other library services. We will confirm this on the meeting agenda early in 2016.
• 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.
• Enter the church from the back door. 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
• Carrie Anton is visually impaired and is the accessibility specialist for Athabasca University.
• 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.
• Russell Solowoniuk is blind and works with alternative formats and assistive technology at Grant MacEwan University.
• Lorne Webber is blind and is the accessibility specialist for Norquest College.
GTT Edmonton Overview
• GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
• There are GTT groups in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Sydney, Edmonton, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference.
• GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
• Each meeting will present a feature technology topic and general question and answer about any other technology.
• Small groups or 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 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.
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