Attendance: Shawn, Matt, Clement, Albert, Betty, Geri, Faye, Carol, Maria, Peg, Victor, Owen, John, Mary and Monty.
Matt started the presentation by slowing down the iPhone speech then went over the basic settings of the iCloud app. Phew, thanks for that Matt.
1. Open Settings and one-finger swipe right until iCloud is found;
2. Double-tap with one finger to open it and it will display the iCloud heading;
3. One-finger swipe right to explore the screen where your Apple ID/iCloud account user name/email address is found first;
4. The next item is the Family Sharing icon. This will display nothing if you are not sharing with others, and will display the name of the account being shared. Note that the credit card assigned to the shared account will be available to all who share it. Restrictions can be placed on it so go forth with care.
5. The next item is called Storage and is followed by the amount of space remaining in the free 5GB offered by Apple, or the remainder of your purchased storage. Items stored there are Backups, Photos, Documents, Contacts, Emails and Calendar entries.
6. Next is iCloud Drive and it will display an on or Off Button. This is a file sharing Cloud based storage system like Dropbox, One Drive etc.
7. The next several items allow you to turn On or Off the specific apps access to iCloud. Each can be customized so explore them to see how you wish to have them saved to iCloud.
8. Note that if Voice Over says the word Button after the On or Off indicator it means that you will have other features to customize once you one-finger double-tap on the item. If it merely says On or Off, then it will alter that state when you one-finger double-tap on it.
9. The Backup item in iCloud is where you can customize the things you wish to have backed up and when that will take place. You may have it done automatically, or manually as you prefer. If your iDevice is indicating that a Backup hasn’t happened for some time you can ask it to Backup Now . Just double-tap on Settings/iCloud/Backup/Backup Now.
10. The Find My iPhone can be used to locate your phone if it’s been lost at home or on the bus, and it can be used to delete all data on the device if stolen. A version of the app is available for other iDevices, and can be used using a PC or Mac from a web page to locate the missing iDevice.
11. The Log Out button at the bottom of the iCloud Settings page if clicked will prompt you to delete or save the items you currently have in iCloud so use it with care.
12. Note that your iCloud and Apple ID user names and passwords are key to you having access to these vital services, so ensure that you have a secure means of storing and accessing this info when needed.
13. The end of the meeting saw the group discussing how to upload Photos to Dropbox as a means of removing them from the iDevice. Also, documents can be stored in Dropbox so that they can be accessed from your iDevice while in meetings etc.
14. Discussion also ensued around the management of the storage on your iDevices generally. If your iDevice is getting short on space you can look at the apps that aren’t being used, the books already read and photos no longer needed on the device with a view to removing them as a strategy to free up space.
15. By double-tapping on Setting/iCloud/Storage/Manage Storage icons you can explore which apps are using all the space on your iDevice. The highest users are usually listed at the top. This will allow you to decide what might no longer be needed so that you can go to those apps and start deleting material.
Question: If one doesn’t want to use iCloud are there other options?
Answers: iTunes can be used to backup your iDevice, and photos may be uploaded to Dropbox and similar Cloud storage services. If iTunes is used then your Backups aren’t in the Cloud but right there in your own computer.
Question: Is iCloud safe to use? Will it mean that Apple now has access to my children’s photos?
Answers: It’s not strictly necessary, however it is convenient to use for Backups and to share resources across your devices.
*Security of Cloud technology is similar to that of Credit and Debit Card transactions, and all other forms of online purchasing.
*Risk always exists, and yet Apple’s inscription systems are thought to be more than adequate.
*Apple does retain a master key to all files stored on their servers and will hand it over to Police Agencies when legally required. The Apple servers are located in the USA and are bound by American laws. They may mine the data for target marketing, so the user is wise to read the agreements before using this product.
*It is most helpful when the user loses a phone and wants to have everything restored to the new one.
*If you don’t want your work email account to be saved on iCloud you can customize many of its features.
*It can be used to keep an eye on what children purchase through Family Sharing etc.
Question: What about Syncronizing? What happens if you delete something from one device, will it disappear from the others as well?
Answers: These types of customizations are available in the iCloud app.
*If the same Apple ID is used by others then it is thought that all saved Contacts etc will be shared.
*iCloud Drive allows you to access folders of photos etc, however the Backup system can only be used to Restore the Backup to the device in question.
*For Family Sharing there is a limit of 6 people who can be added to an account, so that means French Catholic families can’t share as broadly as others.
Question: Are Text Messages also shared through iCloud?
Answer: No, settings are available in the Messages app in Settings that allow sharing between devices.
Resource: The National Braille Press sells a couple of books that are well thought of for those who wish to learn more about their iDevices using Voice Over. They are called iOS 7/8/9 Without The Eye and are written by Jonathan Mosen. They are reasonably priced and come in several different formats. Here is some contact info from his first offering:
iOS 7 WITHOUT THE EYE
Mosen Consulting http://www.mosen.org
Before the break the group was asked if a CCB Chapter can be established provided that at least 6 individuals are willing to become members of the Canadian Council of the Blind. Shawn who has been Coordinating the GTT Vancouver group is already a member of the POCO Youth Chapter, and Clement and Matthew are Volunteer Facilitators so will become Associate Members. Several participants opted to purchase a $10 annual membership so a Chapter was born. Now we need someone to step forward as Co-Coordinator to assist Shawn in that work.
Non-members will always be welcomed, so this doesn’t mean that the meetings are now restricted to only CCB members.
Congratulations and welcome aboard GTT Vancouver.
Albert A. Ruel
CCB Western Coordinator
The Albert A. Ruel Road to Blindness
A 21 year old man stood on the beach at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park with friends early in May of 1977, and upon gazing across the lake found the Gulf Oil sign missing from the dock-side filling station there. When this fact was shared with his companions they glanced at him with puzzled looks and said, “No Albert, the sign is still there”.
That was the beginning of a road through confusion, anger, isolation, loneliness and discovery for me. It all began with a visit to a local Optometrist who could see that my vision wasn’t right, but that corrective lenses wouldn’t help. He then referred me to a General Practitioner, where I received a clean bill of health and an additional referral. This time to an Ophthalmologist. Immediately upon peering through the dilated pupils, Dr. McKerricher was able to see the problem, Retinal Vasculitis.
Now, you would think that all would start to improve at this point, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You see, CNIB, from 1918 until 1985 only served the needs of people who were “Legally Blind”, a level of vision loss I wouldn’t reach until November of 1979. The words of Dr. McKerricher still echo in my mind today, “Albert, I don’t know what has caused this and nothing we’ve tried is helping to stop it, and you’re not blind enough for me to refer you to CNIB”!
In the middle of this transition from 20/20 vision to “Legally Blind” came the Motor Vehicle Branch and it’s rules of the road. On August 3, 1978 I drove a car for the last time as my vision had reached the level at which operating a motor vehicle became too dangerous, further intensifying feelings of fear, isolation and anger. Sadly, through this period the only available guidance and support was through family and friends, but not the experienced professionals I needed at the time. Although these support systems are critically important they can often be smothering and facilitating, rather than encouraging and supportive.
With gratitude, and some trepidation I finally was able to access CNIB services in November of 1979, and the world opened up then. There I was able to meet other blind people and receive the daily living and mobility skills required to live independently in this sighted world. I learned elementary braille and began to discover technology as necessary tools of independence.
Thankfully, in 1985 CNIB’s National Board altered the course of service to visually impaired Canadians forever. They added a third prong to their Mission Statement, “To promote sight enhancement services”. This opened the door to all Canadians who were beginning to lose sight, as well as those who had a fear of vision loss to access the full range of CNIB Support and Rehabilitation Services. So now, whether it’s someone’s Mother who is experiencing Macular Degeneration, or an Uncle experiencing the affects of Glaucoma, all have the ability to seek information, guidance and support as all involved deal with the fear and anxiety that accompanies such life altering experiences.
With the help of professional Rehabilitation Workers and Employment Counselors I was able to continue traveling independently within my own community, and even more remarkably anywhere in the world I desired to go. I managed to attend College in Nanaimo and New Westminster, as well as traveling to the Mayo Clinic and to doctor’s appointments in Nanaimo and Vancouver without assistance. All of this while living with some usable vision, but not yet needing a white cane for travel.
During the mid 1980’s I was a stay-at-home Dad and did all that was required of that challenging work, from changing diapers to preparing meals, and from cutting the grass to maintaining our home. I even took a woodworking course through Alberni’s Adult Education program and built and restored several pieces of furniture. Of course the 1958 Chevy Impala in the garage was my pride and joy, and I devised ways to do much of the work it required.
I also joined and participated in many community activities, like the local Car Club, and a disability support group that catered to the needs of people with many different disabilities. Of course, continued participation in family life remained of critical importance through this period.
In 1989 a secondary condition began to extinguish the vision that remained, which set into motion a new stream of professional rehabilitation services and supports. By the spring of 1990 Glaucoma had turned out the lights completely, and the darkness I had feared so desperately was upon me. Strangely though, I found this to be a great relief rather than the tragedy I had imagined it would be.
Through several professional rehabilitation sessions, and by joining peer mentoring and advocacy groups I was able to come to terms with this strange feeling, and to learn additional skills and strategies for living with no visual cues of the world around me. This is also about the time that I decided to explore CNIB as an employer, and to see if I could provide the sort of guidance and support to others that had been my pleasure to receive. Those 14 years were a wonderful experience of ongoing discovery for me, as teaching may be the best way to solidify one’s own learning. In other words, those we assist through this transition in turn help us all as we develop best practices and improved service.
Following a 14 year career with CNIB I also served the blind community as the first National Equality Director employed by the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), and as a Basic Computer Literacy Trainer with the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). Most recently I have enjoyed coordinating the CCB’s newly launched Get Together with Technology Program in Western Canada, which brings to the fore my passion for assistive technology and the power of peer mentoring.
Without sight I have continued to travel far and wide, with trips to Conventions of and for the Blind in Anaheim California and Melbourne Australia, as well as to many events and activities in Toronto and Vancouver. Of course my work has taken me to many communities throughout Western Canada, and most particularly nearly all regions of BC and on Vancouver Island. None of which would have been possible without the services and support of organizations like CCB, AEBC and CNIB.
For most people blindness generates a fear of extended movement, both within one’s home and community, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Independence comes from personal desire and increased skill. Many community organizations can assist with both through their mentoring and skill development programs. I remember always that life has little to do with what happens to me and 100% what I do about/with it. There is a quote I like to use from the National Federation of the Blind in the USA, “With adequate skill development and opportunity blindness can be reduced to the level of a nuisance”, and nothing could be closer to the truth.
Helen Keller said many years ago, “There is nothing more tragic than someone who has sight, but no vision”. She also challenged the Lions Clubs of the world to become the “Knights of the Blind, and to take up the crusade against darkness”. I too joined a Lions Club in 1992 and continue to work on the crusade that Helen Keller began in the 1920-s.
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4 thoughts on “GTT Vancouver Summary Notes, February 10, 2016”
Albert, your summary notes are very well done.
However, I do have one suggestion:
In the subject line besides âVancouver summary notesâ could you also add something like âusing ICloud with your IPhoneâ.
In this way one could save the email but also be able to retrieve it by its subject title which would make it very useful for accessing the info therein.
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Thank you for the suggestion Bob. I will implement that with the next set of notes I post.
Thank you Albert for the very good notes on the last meeting regarding iCloud etc. I was unable to be there and this will help me a great deal. I will, however, be at the next meeting as I am now using Windows 10 and can use all the help I can get!!!! Thanks again, Nora
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I look forward to seeing you once again.
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