GTT Edmonton Training Session January 9, 2017
On January 9, a 3 hour training session for JAWS and Zoomtext was provided to 5 members of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter at Norquest College computer lab. Our students were Sonia, Irene, Bob, Bruce, and Claude. Trainers were Carrie, Lyle, Russell, Lorne, and Gerry. Thanks to Lorne who arrange the session at Norquest and did all the software setup on the computers. Thanks also to Heather and Hazel who helped as sighted guides.
All students were enthusiastic about the information they obtained and the exposure to the Zoomtext and JAWS programs. The team believes we should do another training session. We will discuss this at the February meeting.
*Note: A zipped file containing the handouts for using Zoomtext and JAWS in Windows and Outlook referred to below can be found at this Link.
Carrie prepared some handouts for using Zoomtext and JAWS in Windows and Outlook. These handouts are attached to this email. To save all the attachments using Outlook follow these steps:
• While reading this email press Alt+F to reach the file tab of the Outlook ribbon.
• Press down arrow until you reach the Save All attachments item and then press ENTER to activate it.
• A dialog will ask you to confirm that you want to save all the attachments. Press the space bar to activate the OK button.
• A second dialog will open where you can type the path to the folder where you want to save the attachments. Type the folder path or, alternatively, you can Shift+Tab twice to reach a list of folders where you can arrow up and down to select the destination folder. Either way, press Tab until you reach the OK button and then press space to activate it. The five attachments will be saved to the folder you typed or selected.
Next Meeting (Monday February 13 at 7pm)
• At the February meeting Owais has volunteered to demonstrate Google Classroom app.
• We will also discuss the possibility of another training session with Zoomtext and JAWS.
• Then we will continue our one-on-one training with iPhone and DAISY players.
• As always, for help with technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.
Meeting Location and Logistics
• Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
• We meet in the basement hall. There is elevator access.
• Enter the church from the back door. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
• Meetings are 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 a career and employment specialist with extensive experience helping blind and visually impaired people find 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).
• 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.
• There are GTT groups in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Pembroke, Halifax, Sydney, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
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