Get together with Technology
the Canadian Council of the Blind
GTT Victoria Summary Notes
GVPL Main branch, Community Room
Wednesday May 4, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 1:10 pm by acting chair Corry Stuive
Participants were welcomed, agenda reviewed and self introductions, in attendance were
Kara, Bruce, Linda, Karen, Elizabeth, Vera, Shari, Doug, Sky, Corry and two new members Joan Graves and Blaine Steadman.
Corry updated everyone on the events that took place at the CCB BC/Yukon division conference, including election results and an overview of the tech and Braille presentation at the meetings. The Orbit refreshable Braille display was discussed at length and participants and eagerly awaiting more detail pertaining to it anticipated fall launch. CNIB will become the exclusive distributor of the product.
GTT national conference call was discussed and promoted, next call May 11th, 4pm pacific. To participate dial 1-866-740-1260, enter code 5670311#. All individuals are encouraged and welcome to participate.
Corry brought forth two useful websites to the group. The first is a gps site that could be helpful for low vision users. http://www.showmystreet.com gives the user a quick gps street view of any address loaded in the search box. The second site, http://www.audiogames.net is a site full of “only audio required” games.
In the absence of Greg, a discussion was held pertaining to the BC Transit “trekker” issue. Participants are still finding many inconsistencies pertaining to the use of these devices on Victoria buses. Low volume, No speech on second level of Double decker’s, and no trekker on many buses are only a few of the issues communicated by some of the members in attendance. Linda Bartram is tracking consumer feedback and people with concerns are encouraged to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The one year anniversary of the BC Government, Neil Squire administered, Tech at Work program was discussed. Still funding available and Linda suggested that people have been awarded funding for software like the Fusion program that Sky will be demonstrating later today.
The Vocal Eye described Musical at the Belfry on May 2 was discussed. That was the final production of the season. Costs run around $600.00 per performance and Aroga Technologies has played a key sponsorship role during the initial run of productions this year. Thank you Aroga! Additional and alternate funding is being sought during the summer to ensure that the described performances can continue in the fall. Any and all ideas welcome, contact Linda Bartram at email@example.com .
Linda informed the group that the Victoria Society for Blind Arts and Culture will be offering “open description” at the Movie Monday screening of the movie Brooklyn on May 30th at 6:30pm at the Eric Martin Theatre, 2328 Trent Street, in Victoria. (Phone 250.595.3542) Everyone invited, admission is by donation, it is hoped that the technology can sorted out so the described movies can become at regular feature there. Doug informed everyone about the limited offerings at the Cineplex at Silver City, some bugs in the system, suggested calling ahead to see what films offer the DVS service and equipment availability.
The Pacific Training Center for the Blind will be relocating. They will remain at there current address until the end of May. They will be taking a break for the summer months and then will be working out of the Victoria Disability Resource Center (VDRC) at 817 A Fort Street, Victoria, in the fall. The phone number for the Pacific Training Center for the Blind will not change, they can be reached at 250-580-4910.
The group was asked to consider if they would like to continue meeting over the summer. It was decided that we would meet in June, and then decide about July and August. Suggested topics for the June meeting can be forwarded to Tom Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org .
After a short break, Sky Mundell provided the group with an informative demonstration on the ZoomText / Window Eyes Fusion software program. Sky demonstrated to program and highlighted the options available. A 60 day, fully functional free trial is available, and a second 60 days can be requested. Costs associated vary depending on needs and previous software one has. The “none synthesised” voice, and tech tips were viewed by sky and the group as being major pluses. The software works well with windows 10, and previous versions starting with 7. Sky invited any of the participants to contact him if they had additional questions and/or require training assistance. Training support funding might also be available via the tech at work program. Sky also gave a short demo of NVDA (a free program) and highlighted some of the differences. Sky’s email address is email@example.com. For more Fusion product information go to http://www.aisquarred.com .
The group Thanked Sky for a very informative presentation. The meeting was adjourned at 2:50pm. Next meeting on Wednesday June 1st, 1:00pm.
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