CCB-GTT calls for the week of March 13, to 19, 2022.

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.

(Information on how to Join the various meetings is located towards the end of this document)

CCB-GTT OPEN TECH CHAT

Monday, March 14, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Description: Bring your questions, tips, tricks, and curiosity to this lively weekly discussion of all things high and low tech.

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: General Mac Q and A.

Our presentations start at 2 PM Eastern. We open the room for people who would like a little extra help with their Mac at 1:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 am Pacific.

(NOTE): Registration required. To register, please e-mail: gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday,  March 15, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts:  Host Dorothy Macnaughton and Brian Bibeault.

Topic: This will be a general question and answer session on anything tech related, either high tech or low tech.  Bring your questions. Everyone from across Canada is welcome.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION CALL

Wednesday March 16, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: How do you read books?

Description: When people lose vision, many worry about how they will be able to read books. Join our lively discussion to find out about our preferences.

  • Do you prefer to use a dedicated talking book player or an app?
  • Do you prefer human narrated books or synthetic speech?
  • Do you download from libraries such as CELA or bookshare or use apps like apple books or Kindle?
  • Do you prefer to scan and read physical books?
  • Do you use large print or braille books?

CCB-GTT WORKSHOPS, VOICE DREAM

Wednesday March 16, 2022, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:

Instructors: Kim Kilpatrick and David Greene

Description: For the next several weeks, we will be leading small groups of participants through the Voice Dream Reader application for IOS.

More info: www.voicedream.com

We have had a lot of interest in these workshops. See information about future topics and how to register in the workshops section below.

CCB-GTT ANDROID USERS GROUP

Wednesday March 16, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts: Tracy Mousseau and Matthew Lorentz

Topic: Android Questions and Answers

Description: Sponsored and hosted by the Canadian Council of the Blind GTT program.

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.

(NOTE): Registration required, A different zoom room is used. Details given to those who register. Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT BRAILLE DISPLAY USERS GROUP

Thursday March 17, 2022, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: General Q and A.

Description of group:  If you are using an electronic Braille display, come join us to ask questions, share tips and tricks, and get the most use out of your device.

(NOTE): Registration required. Please e-mail: gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday March 18, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: David Greene and Shelley Morris

Topic: Sharing our stories

Join us to meet and chat with David MacGregor.

New Upcoming Workshops

Thanks to everyone who has registered and continues to provide suggestions for our upcoming small group workshops.

We are adding extra days and times as these workshops are extremely popular.

Once you are registered, you will be notified by e-mail about the date of your workshop.

Please see below for a list of possible topics and how to register.

All these sessions will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays at 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific, for one hour.

We are limiting participation in each group to ten people. This way, everyone gets their questions answered and can help each other in a small group.

The number of participants at these smaller groups will help ensure quality control and meaningful participation by all. We encourage only those individuals with a vested interest in the topic and/or product to participate to help ensure that instruction is awarded initially to those most requiring support.

Pre-register now for the following:

  • Using the Victor Stream for reading books
  • Apple podcasts
  • Victor Reader Stream and podcasts
  • Overcast podcast app
  • Using The channels of seeing AI.
  • Mobile banking
  • Using windows with a screen reader
  • Ride share apps such as Uber and Lyft
  • Microsoft Soundscape
  • Basic Settings on IOS devices.
  • Using Instacart and other shopping apps and services
  • Using the Amazon app

To register for any of these or to suggest other topics, please email gtt@ccbnational.net

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

CCB-GTT PODCAST FEED

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. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST

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

Gttsupport+subscribe@groups.io

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: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport

CCB-GTT BUY, SELL, TRADE OR DONATE LIST

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:

Main+subscribe@ccb-tech-buyselltrade.groups.io

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: ccb@ccbnational.net

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

How to Join Meetings:

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

All calls listed above, with the exception of the CCB-GTT Android Users Group,  can be accessed via the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09#success

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

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

Contact us:

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

gtt@ccbnational.net

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

Accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

Corry.gtt@ccbnational.net

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

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