CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, November 7 to November 13, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.


Monday, November 8, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Have a device you feel you are not using as much as you could be?  Have a new device you are excited about?  Having any app or computer issues?  Bring your questions, tips and triumphs to our call.


Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: Q and A after our numbers presentation.

Do you use a Mac with voiceover or zoom?  Do you want to know how to make the most out of your Mac and its features? Come join the Mac user’s group.

(If you need additional support and would like to come in early to get assistance, the room is open at 1:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 am Pacific).

(NOTE): Registration required. To register, please e-mail,


Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Presenters: CELA staff

Description: Laurie Davidson, Executive Director at CELA, will update the group on what’s happening with CELA’s work, in the area of collections, partnerships and technology. Lindsay Tyler will share information about CELA services, how to join, find out what books and magazines are available, and ways to read them. We’ll also have time for questions.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Presenter: Neal Ewers


In this presentation I will cover the steps needed to produce an audio book. I will answer such questions as:

  • Does one self-publish or go with a book publisher?
  • How does one find the right narrator, and how much does that cost?
  • What studio is used to record the book? How much does that cost?
  • What is the process of reading the book? Who is involved?
  • What if there are mistakes or parts to be re-read?
  • How do you prepare the finished recording for places like and other companies?
  • What is a DAISY book and why is it used?
  • How is the finished audio book marketed?

Along the way:

  • We will hear professional narrators talk about the ways one brings a book to life, along with some things not to do.
  • We will hear and discuss certain sentences and phrases and how using different vocal intonation can make a very big difference in the way the words are interpreted by the reader.
  • There will also be a demonstration of how books are edited to correct mistakes in the reading, take out or diminish breath sounds, plosives, and other things that may detract from the reading.
  • There will be a time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Some possible questions to ponder:

  • As a reader, do I hear what the author intended, or am I more influenced by the narrator’s interpretation of the book?
  • Are there narrators you like and why do you like them?
  • What equipment is needed to make a high quality recording of a book?
  • Other questions are welcome.

I hope you enjoy the session.

Check out Neal’s work is at


Thursday, November 11, 2021, is Remembrance Day.

Please pay tribute to all our fallen heroes, today, tomorrow and forever.


Friday, November 12, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: David Greene & Shelley Anne Morris

Not tech, but may be of interest…..


Tuesday, November  9, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Join the Women of CCB zoom gathering this coming Tuesday for open discussion on “Adjusting to vision loss with family and friends.”

(NOTE): If you are not on our contact list to receive the zoom invite please email Leslie at


You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favourite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this link to the originating distribution source.


CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind, low vision and Deaf Blind Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.

For more information visit:


This is a Canadian Group for blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind folks to buy,  sell, trade or donate previously enjoyed assistive technology.

To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is:

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550