Tech-Ease/ Get Together with Technology
Regina Drop-In Meeting
September 30, 2017
Sponsored by Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN),
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)
Regina Public Library
Assistive Technology Peer Support by and for people who are blind/low vision
In Attendance Sept 30, 2017: Amber, Doug, Joanne, Darlene, Donna, Wes, Barry, Jerome
Further Notes from Last Month (Sept 2017) on Watching TV with DVS:
Blindy.TV has 5 channels of old shows audio only –> some of the channels are Brain, Comedy & Drama
Sero app has podcasts and blind resources on it
On SaskTel channels 3,4,5 & 7 are DVS
There is also AMI TV & Audio on both Access & SaskTel that are all DVS
Today we learned about Outreach Services and Regina Public Library in General:
Outreach is open Monday-Friday 9:30-5, there are 5 staff to help in various capacities.
They help people with print disabilities and people who have been homebound for 3 months or more.
They have audio books in .mp3 and Daisy Spoken word CDs.
There is extended borrowing period for Outreach patrons.
The ladies will be happy to help you find the books you are looking for, they will read the backs of books or suggest books by your favourite author or in your favourite genre.
There is a computer workstation in Outreach for public use, it is equipped with a large monitor, JAWS, ZoomText, a large print keyboard, a scanner and an acrobat reader CCTV.
There are also CCTVs available for public use at Bothwell (upstairs), Sunrise & Regent branches.
They have a small supply of Victor Stratus and Stream machines to lend out for a 3-month loan with the option of one renewal.
There is an audio book club that meets the last Wednesday of the month.
They help with GTT-Tech Ease as a co-host by supplying us a host and a space to meet. (thank-you)
There is Unique Like Us Blind Social Group that meets the second Tuesday at 7pm in the library.
Canadian Equitable Library Association.
Through CNIB and libraries that pay a subscription to them (SK does).
You can access through outreach with your library card and a referral from CNIB.
They have Daisy (works on .mp3 players), e-text w/ adaptive technology, Braille books and magazines as well as picture books with Braille overlay and DVS movies
These work with compatible devices as well as through apps like Dolphin, Voice Dream, Read 2 Go, Voice 2 Go & Direct to Player.
With a CELA membership you can get access to the American alternative known as Book Share.
National Network for Equitable Library Service.
Funded through provincial government at all SK libraries.
It is managed through the BC Libraries Co-Op.
Daisy & e-text formats.
Talk to Outreach to sign up, just need a Regina library card.
There is a wish list through NNELS to get titles made into accessible format.
Notes from Michelle about reading apps (thanks Michelle):
The Dolphin EasyReader app has recently been updated. The new version 1.3 of the app fixed many of the issues you might have experienced with the previous version. One of the improvements is that CELA patrons no longer need to add a “CELA_” prefix for logging in. You now only need to use your account number and password.
If you haven’t tried the new EasyReader app yet, head over to the Apple store and download it, free of charge. Need help setting it up? Check out our EasyReader quick user’s guide.
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