CCB-GTT weekly meetings, February 26 to March 4, 2023., 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.

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


Monday, February 27, 2023, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Description:  Join us each week when we discuss and share the tech topics of greatest interest and concern within our community. Come and ask your questions and share your tips.

CCB-GTT SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP on using the Voice Dream suite of products (reader, writer, and scanner, part 1)

Monday, February 27, 2023, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific

Instructor: David Greene

Description:  For many years now, the app Voice Dream reader has been a favourite app for reading all types of files and documents.  After its launch, Voice Dream writer came along to help with editing and creating documents.  Next came Voice Dream scanner which enables you to scan and read printed materials.  This popular suite of products will be explored in this small group workshop.

Voice Dream – Text to Speech Reader – Award Winning Apps That Helps Everyone Read

(NOTE): Registration required, Registration is limited to 10 individuals. If numbers exceed 10 a second similar session will be held on Wednesday March 1, 2023, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific. To register please e-mail


Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic:  A variety of presentations and general Q and A.

Description:  This group is for people who are using Mac computers. The room opens at 1:30 Eastern to give anyone who needs it, some extra help before the meeting starts.

(NOTE): Registration is required. Please e-mail

CCB-GTT UNSEEN TOUCH SCREEN session seven with Michael Feir. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Presenter: Michael Feir

Description: Now that you understand what the VoiceOver screen reader does and know some basic gestures, it’s time to learn about the iOS operating system. We’ll take a tour of its main points of interaction with users. These include the home screens, notification centre, control centre, dock, status bar, today view, widgets, and spotlight search. We’ll also discuss what iOS does for its users behind the scenes. For a deeper dive, read the section of the guide called The iOS Operating System.

This course is based on the second edition of Michael Feir’s free e-book, Personal Power: Getting the Most From iOS as a Totally Blind User. This book can be downloaded in several formats from: Michael Feir’s Blog: April 2022

People who have trouble downloading the book in the format of their choice should email Michael directly at:


Thursday March 2, 2023, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: A variety of presentations and time for 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:


Thursday March 2, 2023, 7:00 PM Atlantic/7:30 PM NST:

Host: David Greene.

Description:  This is a weekly group for those living in Atlantic Canada. To find out more and to register please e-mail


Friday March 3, 2023, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: David Greene and Shelley Morris

Topic: Meeting members of our community.

Description: Come join us this Friday and meet two gentlemen who grew up with vision loss, had a career with the Federal Government, enjoy reading, skiing, curling and much more. You may even hear some friendly and respectful banter.  Martin Collicott and Tad Skalski.

CCB-GTT SMALL GROUP WORKSHOP on the basics of using the jaws screen reader (part 1, understanding the jaws settings)

Friday, March 3, 2023, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific

Instructor: David Greene

Description:  The jaws screen reader has been in use for decades now.  It is an enormously powerful tool.  Come and join us for the first of a four part series on jaws.

This is a look at the very basics of jaws and is intended for those who are less advanced users.  In this first part, understanding the jaws settings will be explored.

(NOTE): Registration required, We limit this workshop to ten people. To register please e-mail

If you are interested in another workshop on this topic but cannot make the date please let us know.

Not Tech but may be of interest.

The Men of CCB group will be holding a monthly zoom meeting on Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific.  This month’s topic will be…

Men’s Health, we will touch on such topics as,

– Nutrition

– Exercise

– Health Challenges

– Mental Health

– and more

To participate, if you’re already on the list of past participants, you will receive the link to join by Monday, February 27th, 2023.  If not, you can get on the list by contacting Shane Cashin at

Additional Resources:


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 , with the exception of the Men of CCB group, 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


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

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