CCB-GTT calls for the week of May 8-14, 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)


Monday, May 9, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Do you have high- or low-tech questions you would like answered? Do you have new discoveries, tips, and tricks to share? Come and join us for this lively tech discussion.

CCB-GTT WORKSHOPS, Apple podcasts (Group 2 session 1)

Monday May 9, 2022, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:

Instructors: Kim Kilpatrick and David Greene

Description: We begin the second of two groups exploring the apple podcasts app which comes pre-installed on any I device.

Find out information about future workshops and how to register in our workshops section below.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: Getting to know the contacts app on the mac.

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:


Wednesday May 11, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Presenter: Michael Feir

Topic: Michael’s second edition of his IOS book which has just been released.

Description: Two years and literally thousands of changes later, the second edition of Personal Power is now available. It is an eBook which I wrote and am giving away freely. Basically, the book takes people from setting up their iPhones to thriving in the iOS environment. It teaches how to use Voiceover, the various parts of iOS, and a whole lot of apps.

In fact, one of my major goals with this book was to point newcomers to a large collection of accessible apps. Many people get discouraged when they purchase apps that do not turn out to be accessible. I hope that this book helps their initial experience be much better than my own was back when I got my iPhone 4.

The book is available in several formats, and I hope people will help me make it available in even more. For now, I recommend the EPUB version. It has an interactive table of contents. That is helpful when you are dealing with a book over 310000 words long. I have also included the MS Word version, PDF, and a plain text version in Markdown format. This last one has number signs or hashes before each section and subsection. If the EPUB version does not work for you, this would at least let people skip over sections which did not interest them. The link to the guide is:

CCB-GTT WORKSHOPS, Apple Podcasts (Group 1 session 2)

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

Instructors: Kim Kilpatrick and David Greene

Description: We will complete our first workshop on using the built-in apple podcasts app for IOS devices.

These workshops continue to be by registration only. See more details and how to register in our workshops section below.


Thursday May 12, 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:


Friday May 13, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: David Greene and Shelley Morris

Topic: Sharing our stories

Today we meet Tad Skalski from Ottawa. He oversees the Ottawa blind curlers and is an avid book reader and much more.

New Upcoming Workshops

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

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

We will be completing all workshops before summer arrives.

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.
  • 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



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 and low vision 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.

How to Join Meetings:

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

All calls listed above can be accessed via the following link:

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

Contact us:

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