Get Together with Technology (GTT)
“Close your eyes, now pick up your smartphone or tablet…keep them closed while you begin your everyday tasks on those devices. Impossible you say? For thousands of us who are blind or partially sighted this is the challenge. A challenge that with coaching and peer mentoring, can be overcome”.
The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) has implemented a program called Get Together With Technology (GTT) which helps blind and partially sighted residents to explore and integrate assistive devices in their home and work lives. The groups meet regularly over the accessible Zoom Conference system to discuss new and updated devices, and participants coach each other how to include assistive technology in their daily lives.
Get individual personalized coaching on how to use your computer/smart phone/talking book player and other low and high-tech devices through the GTT Program. It offers exciting opportunities for people to engage with accessible technology through:
1) Accessible consumer-driven coaching
2) Hands-on experience with new technology.
3) Individualized and group skill development
4) Peer leadership and mentoring
The GTT program was started in Ottawa in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman to give people a chance to share low and high-tech solutions, tips, and resources, and was soon brought under the CCB National umbrella as another consumer driven service and participation initiative.
When COVID-19 doesn’t have us locked down GTT groups meet at a variety of locations throughout Canada from Victoria to Ottawa to support each other and to discuss different topics pertaining to the use of assistive technology.
For more information please contact:
Kim Kilpatrick in Ottawa
Cell: 250-240-2343 Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968
The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments. CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.
CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.
The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.
The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues. For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.
As the largest membership organization for the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.