GTT Edmonton Meeting January 11, 2016
The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held January 11 at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
15 people attended. Note that contact information and useful links related to this meeting are listed in the Resources section below.
January Feature Topic – Edmonton Public Library
We thank Wendy Gronnestad-Damur from the Idylwylde branch of Edmonton Public Library for her presentation on library services available to the print disabled. Highlights of Wendy’s presentation:
• EPL services are free to Edmonton residents.
• Home delivery of materials is available depending on the customer’s circumstances.
• Assistive technologies such as CCTV, hand-held electronic magnifiers, and SARA scanner/reader are available at the Stanley Milner main branch.
• Audio books from Overdrive can be downloaded using a computer or the EPL iOS app.
• EPL has DAISY CD books and Described Videos to loan.
Membership in Canada’s CELA network offering 80,000 DAISY and braille download books.
• CELA Paper braille books.
• CELA Online newspapers.
• CELA Audio DAISY magazines for download.
• CELA also gives optional download access to Bookshare’s over 125,000 e-text DAISY books.
• You may register for CELA service at your library if you self-declare as being print-disabled.
• NNELS e-text books.
• Library Talking Book club that meets in main branch every second Wednesday of the month.
After Sight Device
Mike McWilliams updated us on the prototype After Sight Device. This device now offers:
• Vibrating and verbal warnings of obstacles up to 5 metres ahead and above chest level.
• Object recognition.
• Sensory substitution soundscape of the surrounding environment.
Mike hopes to create a nonprofit business model to subsidize the cost of the device to be below $200.
We thank the AMI TV crew (Meagan, Vivian, Mark) who attended our meeting to do a story and interviews about our GTT group. The interviews will eventually air on AMI TV channel 888. We will advise when we get details on the broadcast schedule.
• For more information about Edmonton Public Library services for the print-disabled visit:
• Edmonton main Library Access Department may be reached at 780.496.1888.
• The CELA Library web site is
• CELA toll free customer service number is 1-855-655-2273
• You can learn more about CELA Direct to Player download books at:
CELA-CNIB Direct to Player
• To learn more about Bookshare visit:
• For more information about the demonstrated After Sight sensory substitution device contact:
• AMI-TV can be viewed on Shaw cable channel 888.
• AMI-Audio radio reading service can be listened to on channel 889.
• AMI Audio can also be streamed to a Victor Reader. See the HumanWare Playlist on your Victor Reader Stream radio bookshelf.
• AMI web site is:
• The describe video TV schedule can be viewed at:
Next Meeting (Monday February 8 at 7pm)
• One of our members has offered to talk about how she uses her MAC computer.
• We also have a couple of other topics yet to be confirmed. Watch your email for the agenda in early February.
• Send your meeting topic ideas to GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com.
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.
• 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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