CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, April 18 to April 24, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, April 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Open tech chat

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Facilitators:  Dorothy Macnaughton and Brian Bibeault

Our speaker will be Elmer Thiesen and the topic is the Apple HomePod Mini speaker.  Everyone from across Canada is welcome.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Topic, Reddit.

Presenter,  Nolan Jenikov

Reddit;  the anonymous social media platform for discussion and information sharing.

www.reddit.com 

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

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, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: David Greene

Topic: Open discussion

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

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 favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

New this week, 2 podcasts, All about Twitter and OrCam

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

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, April 11 to April 17, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, April 12, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Open tech chat

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: In this session, we will discuss and give tips for using apple mail on the mac.

(NOTE) preregistration required. Mac users only please. If you are using a mac currently and are not already registered for these sessions, e-mail Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter: Wayne Antle

Topic: Twitter, what is it, how does it work, how accessible is it?

CCB-GTT NATIONAL CALL

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Presenter: Bryan Wolynski, O.D. Clinical & Professional Relations, OrCam Technologies

Topic: OrCam

OrCam Technologies utilizes the power of computer vision to develop personal AI wearable and handheld assistive technologies. Their devices include the wearable OrCam MyEye and the handheld OrCam Read both developed for people who are blind, visually impaired or have reading difficulties. Both devices utilize a 13 megapixel camera which captures “visual information” and conveys the data auditorily. This presentation, given by a low vision optometrist and a representative of the OrCam company will discuss OrCam’s technology, user case examples and its benefits, giving people independence and empowering people to meet their goals.

website, http://www.orcam.com

CCB-GTT BRAILLE TECH USERS

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Q and A session based on what we have worked on and practiced.

(NOTE) preregistration required. For zoom info and/or if you are not already registered, contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, April 16, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: David Greene

Topic: Open discussion

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

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 favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

New this week, Windows Screen Reader Experience, an overview

New last week, Envision AI glasses & SuperSense

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

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.

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

 

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

 

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, March 28 to April 10, 2021 via Zoom

(NOTE) two week period

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.

Further, please check through the offerings as we sometimes post non CCB GTT meetings at the end of this list. There is one posted this week.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, March 29, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Open tech chat

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: Come prepared to practice what was discussed in our session about using the Mac with the Safari web browser. We will all browse together and practice what we have previously learned.

(NOTE) preregistration required. Mac users only please. For more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter: Jose Citron

Topic: Come and learn all about Envision AI

https://www.letsenvision.com/

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, April 1, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net

(NOTE) there will be no CCB-GTT OPEN CHATS on Friday April 2nd, and/or Monday, April 5th.

From all of us at the CCB, have a safe and happy Easter!

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: Continuing our exploration of the Mac using voiceover.

(NOTE) preregistration required. Mac users only please. For more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Topic: Windows keyboard experience

Gerry will demonstrate using Windows 10 from the keyboard with the Narrator screen reader and no mouse. This will be of interest to low vision people whose vision has progressed to the point where they are struggling and may wonder what it is like to use a screen reader.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, April 8, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: David Greene

Topic: Open discussion

…and not tech but FYI

the below call is not hosted by CCB GTT (a different zoom room will be used) but may be of interest to our participants and members.

CELA / NNELS

Tuesday March 30, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Thanks to your advocacy, the Government of Canada’s funding for accessible reading materials has been restored for this year.  We invite you to join Laurie Davidson, Executive Director of CELA and Kevin Millsip, Executive Director of NNELS for an information session about what this funding reprieve means, and the next steps in the process.  

(NOTE) Please register in advance to receive a link to the meeting. Not a CCB GTT meeting https://cnib.cmail19.com/t/i-l-mhythg-uuhilhitt-r/

Background: In the Fall Economic Statement the Government of Canada reduced funding for accessible book production and distribution by $1 million over each of the next 4 years until it was completely withdrawn by 2024-2025. Thanks to the advocacy of our users and stakeholders, we have been given a reprieve for this coming budget year.

What’s Next: While we appreciate the reprieve, NNELS and CELA are committed to advocating for a long term funding solution that fully recognizes the need for accessible reading materials.  We are working together alongside our colleagues in the publishing industry to develop a proposal for future conversations with the government. Join our info session to learn more.

Please note: The session will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend the live event.

A French language session will be scheduled on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

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 favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like 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

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, March 21 to March 27, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, March 22, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Open tech chat

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Topic: Safari

(NOTE) preregistration required. Mac users only please. For more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter: Shane Lowe from Supersense AI

Topic: Supersense AI

https://www.supersense.app/

CCB-GTT BRAILLE TECH USERS

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Making the most of your braille technology

This group is for those who already own a Braille display and would like to help and support each other.

(NOTE) preregistration required. For zoom info and/or more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, March 26, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: David Greene

Topic: Open discussion

…and not tech but FYI

Women of CCB

Tuesday March 23, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Samantha Moore

Guest Speaker: Laurie J. Samuel PhD

Topic: Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

About our Speaker: Dr. Laurie J. Samuel PhD. is a criminologist with expertise in police-community relations, police misconduct, and interpersonal violence. Throughout her career, she has worked to reduce and prevent violence against women in a variety of settings. 

Dr. Samuel is a former professor at Howard University, and before that she worked with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC for over ten years.  She is a leading expert in Early Identification and Intervention Systems. 

On March 14, 2018, Dr. Samuel launched the Cupid’s Sting Non-Profit Organization, which partners with the community to create a safer and healthier environment for families, students, employees, and neighbours.  The mission of Cupid’s Sting is to teach women life-saving skills through workshops on interpersonal violence, domestic violence, and street harassment, including self-defence techniques.

(NOTE) Preregistration is required, To register for this call contact: smoore@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

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 favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

Added this week, Louie Voice Control and BuzzClip

Added last week, WayAround tags and CELA update

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

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, March 14 to March 20, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, March 15, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Wayne Antle

Topic, Voiceover utility and voiceover commanders.

(NOTE) preregistration required. Mac users only please. For more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts, Brian Bibeault and Dorothy Macnaughton

The topic this month will be the Amazon Firestick – what it is, what it does and how to use it.  Albert Ruel will be the speaker.  Everyone from across Canada is welcome. 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Topic, BuzzClip.

Presenter,  co-Founder Arjun Mali

website, https://imerciv.com/

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

This month, we are joined by Pramit Bhargava the creator of an android app called Louie Voice Control’

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, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-BLC INFORMATION SESSION WITH CELA & NNELS

Thursday March 18, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

You may have heard that the federal government intends to phase out its $4 million in financial support of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) over the next few years.

Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) and the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) will be hosting a one hour information session, including representatives from CELA and NNELS, to provide you with more information about this situation and how you can help.

These cuts will have devastating effects to Canadians who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind across Canada. Publishers do not produce braille books. And while publishers make a small selection of works available in audio (thanks to the popularity of services such as Audible), it that amounts to less than 10% of what is published in any given year. CELA/NNELS help to fill that gap.

At the information session, Laurie Davidson, Executive Director of CELA, Daniella Levy-Pinto, Project Coordinator of NNELS, and Anthony Tibbs, Treasurer of BLC, will provide more information on the impact that these cuts will have on CELA/NNELS, and what you can do to help change the federal government’s direction.

(NOTE) The session will take place in the BLC Zoom room – details to be provided upon registration. Preregistration is required by March 17, 2021. register at info@blc-lbc.caa

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, March 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

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 favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like 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

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, March 7 to March 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

GTT PRESENTATION

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

Topic, WayAround tags.

Presenter,  Jessica Hipp (chief Operating Officer, WayAround)

Use the WayAround app for iOS or Android and our smart WayTags to add helpful information to items around your home and office. The simple tag-and-scan system lets you add a custom description for any item plus more details like washing instructions or expiration dates.

Once you’ve listed everything you want to know, just hold your device close to the WayTag to transfer your information. Easy-peasy.

website, www.wayaround.com

CCB-GTT NATIONAL CALL

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

Presenter, Brian Moore

All about on-line security.

Join Brian for this presentation on staying safe on line. Brian is happy to collect questions in advance if you e-mail them to bmoore@screenreview.org

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

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 favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like 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

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, February 28 to March 6, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

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

Host, Wayne Antle

This is a weekly group discussion for current Mac users to share tips and tricks, and discuss anything Mac related. Please email Wayne at whantle@icloud.com if there are any specific topics that you would like to discuss.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, David Greene

Topic, Using YouTube on IOS

What is it?  What is the difference between free and paid versions?  How do you use it on IOS? and more.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, February 21 to February 27, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, February 22, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Sam Moore,

Topic, LinkedIn

 LinkedIn, What is it? How do I sign up? Who should have it?  How does it work? These are only a sampling of the questions that will be answered, plus of course, you questions are always welcome.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, February  25, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, February 26, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CONGRATULATIONS TO GERRY CHEVALIER!


At the 2021 CCB White Cane Week Gala, Gerry Chevalier  was honoured with the CCB 2021 Person of the Year award!

Gerry’s contributions to the Council and to  the blindness community throughout the years has truly been invaluable. As you may know, Gerry heads up a team that run the CCB GTT program in Edmonton doing a masterful job. Gerry has also contributed a great deal to the CCB GTT program with  his instructional materials delivered via this blog and our Zoom presentations.

From all of us at the CCB and GTT, Congratulations Gerry! Thanks for your help and the interesting, informative and educational content you have provided throughout the years!

.—

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, February 14 to February 20, 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.

(NOTE) NO CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT TODAY

Monday, February 15, 2021,

IT IS A HOLIDAY IN MOST PARTS OF CANADA, PLEASE ENJOY THE DAY, STAY SAFE!

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts, Brian Bibeault and Dorothy MacNaughton

Topic, Beginners session on NVDA, a free screen reader. The presenter will be Brian Bibeault. This is an especially good opportunity for people who have never used a screen reader. Everyone from across Canada is welcome. 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

Topic, CCB is assisting with a project dealing with accessible point of sale terminals. (the credit/debit card machine used when paying for items in person at a store, restaurant, etc.) Kim is helping with this and wants to have a discussion about how you pay for items? What works for you and what doesn’t? What features on such a terminal would be important to you? Would you use it more, or at all, if accessibility was enhanced? Let’s talk!

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

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, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, February 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB 2021 WHITE CANE WEEK OFFERINGS

CCB Toronto Visionaries’ Expo Forum, February 13, 2:00 pm (EST)

Fighting Blindness Canada’s View Point, February 17, 10:30 am (EST)

CCB Vision Summit 2021, February 17, 2:00 pm (EST)

CCB White Cane Week Vision Gala 2021, February 18, 2:00 pm (EST)

(NOTE) All start times listed in this WCW section are Eastern. The zoom credentials for these events are different the usual CCB GTT offerings. Registration is required for all WCW events. Please see the CCB National website at www.ccbnational.net, your February CCB Visions Newsletter and/or the special email announcement sent on February 11th for registration details and links.

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings for White Cane Week, February 7 to February 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, although we are open to all tech topics on this call, since it is White Cane Week, a possible topic is: How has technology changed your mobility?

CCB-SPECIAL WCW FIRESIDE CHAT

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

Host, Sam Moore

Join us on Zoom for a Special White Cane Week event! Bring a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a virtual Fireside Chat on Mobility and Identity! Listen to our panel members as they discuss their views on the white cane, mobility and how it ties into who they are. This is an event for both new and long-time white cane users. Learn through the lived experience of our panellists, ask questions, and have fun.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, they are as follows, below applies to this meeting only.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92300397014?pwd=K25hcFV0TkZKQ0hjZ2ZId1g2ZERNdz09

Meeting ID: 923 0039 7014

Passcode: 265534

For more into contact smoore@ccbnational.net

GTT PRESENTATION

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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, In the first part of this series, we talked in general about podcasts, what they are, what platforms they are on, why you might want to explore them? In part two, I will go through two free apps for I devices, the native podcasts app and the overcast app.

CCB-GTT NATIONAL CALL

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

Laurie Davidson (the Executive director of CELA library) and two of her staff will be joining our call to give us updates on CELA services and to answer any questions and take any feedback you might have for them.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB Visionaries Virtual Expo Forum

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

For Discussion:

The question before the panel: “In its present form, is Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) adequately serving people living with vision loss?”

Background:

For the past 20 years, Ontarians with vision loss have been fortunate to have benefited from the ADP, which has partially funded some of the costs associated with their essential assistive devices. The technology revolution has impacted the lives of people living with vision loss to such a dramatic extent that there are very few activities that a person who is blind or partially-sighted cannot participate in today when equipped with the appropriate technology.

Moderator:

Dr. Keith Gordon is the Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) and the author of the CCB report “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Canadians Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind, or Partially-Sighted,” published in April 2020. He is past Vice President of Research of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), where he directed all research activities. He’s also an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto and an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. Dr. Gordon is a board member of a number of national and international organizations associated with vision.

Panelists:

Ian White was born with congenital glaucoma. He grew up sighted, completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design in 1989. In 2001, Ian experienced sudden vision loss. In 2011, he co-founded a vision loss peer support group, guiding its transformation in 2013 into a chartered Chapter of the CCB, the CCB Toronto Visionaries. As Chapter President he created Experience Expo, Canada’s only exposition and consumer show for those living with vision loss, and has encouraged the creation of several new CCB Chapters. Ian is the recipient of the CCB’s 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award, and has been recognized by the CNIB and the Government of Ontario for his work as a volunteer community leader. In 2020, Ian completed an undergraduate degree with high distinction in Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Mike Potvin has worked with the CCB both in a full- and part-time capacity since 2004. He is the Editor of the Visions newsletter as well as of White Cane Magazine. Mike works at Health Canada as a Senior Human Resources Assistant and has a degree in Sociology from Carleton University.

Samantha Moore is the Coordinator of Public Relations and Youth Programs at the CCB. She’s passionate about accessibility to technology and public spaces for everyone. Samantha believes that with the proper resources and technology, blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind youth can be extremely successful leaders.

Minette Samaroo is President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), Toronto Chapter. As the President of AEBC Toronto Chapter, Minette is actively advocating for social change for people with disabilities. One of the areas she focuses on is equitable employment. In 2019, Minette led the development and execution of the Disability Advantage Program. Minette is also the National Vice President of AEBC and the Project Lead for the current COVID-19 Relief Project for people with disabilities.

(NOTE), The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, Preregistration required via the following link,  Click here to register now

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.

 

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, January 31 to February 6, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, “Hear all about it”! What is a podcast? how to set up and use the native apple podcast app on I devices, where to find podcasts, etc. Your questions welcome. From you folks that already listen to podcasts, besides the CCB GTT Podcast. (lol) what are some of your other favourites.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, February 5, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

ADVANCE NOTICE!

February 7 – 13, 2021 is White Cane Week, an annual week of awareness activities, started by the CCB.

We will be having a special call or two during the week (still working on details) including this special CCB GTT National Call on February 10th.

Mark your calendars! Wednesday February 10 at 7 PM eastern, 4 PM Pacific.

Laurie Davidson (the Executive director of CELA library) and two of her staff will be joining our call to give us updates on CELA services and to answer any questions and take any feedback you might have for them.

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, January 24 to January 30, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, January 25, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Sam Moore,

Topic, Instagram for iOS

 Instagram is a social media platform that has been around since 2010. It can be downloaded for free in the App store. Instagram is for sharing photo and video content. You can create and share content with your family and friends. You can also view content created by businesses, brands, influencers, and other members of the community. Unlike other social media, Instagram is intended for and works best on your mobile device. Join us and learn about how this extremely visual, social media platform has transformed in the past decade to be more accessible to the blind and low vision community.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, January 29, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

We continue to collect names for small groups on:

Learning to use Facebook.

Working with Braille Displays.

Learning to use the mac.

We are adding another small group.

Learning the basics of on-line banking.

If any of these groups interest you, please e-mail. GTT@ccbnational.net or Call 1-877-304-0968 and ask for CCB GTT to register. Thank you to everyone who responded thus far.

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.

 

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, January 17 to January 23, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, January 18, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts, Brian Bibeault and Dorothy Macnaughton

The topic will be various types of e-mail programs, pros and cons, challenges, and options.  Brian Bibeault will be our initial speaker, highlighting the most accessible e-mail programs.  There will be time for questions as well.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, David Greene,

Topic, On line banking, how it works and how to use it.

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

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, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Thank you to everyone who responded to our request for small group training on:

Facebook

Braille Displays

and the Mac

…posted in last week’s announcement. Small groups are already getting under way or will do so soon. There is still time to sign up so if interested please contact Kim ASAP.

Remember if you prefer one on one training and support Call 1-877-304-0968 and ask for CCB GTT Or e-mail gtt@ccbnational.net and we would be happy to help.

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, January 10 to January 16, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, January 11, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic Bring your tech questions and your tech tips.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenters, Samantha Moore and Nolan Jenikov

Topic, Exploring privacy settings in Facebook and Google

CCB-GTT NATIONAL CALL

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Presenters: Wayne Antle and Joseph Dorosh

Topic, Taxes? Preparing, filing, knowing about disability deductions and more!

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, January 14, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net .

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, January 15, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Upcoming small group training & practice

Over the past few months, we have found that bringing small groups of people together to learn and practice a new piece of technology, app, or program, has been greatly beneficial.

If you are interested in joining a small group to learn or practice with any of the following, please show your interest by sending an e-mail to

gtt@ccbnational.net

Please include the topic of your choice in the subject line. You will be contacted when we have a group, date and time established.

Mac computer Q and A

Getting started with Facebook.

Making the best use of your Braille display

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, December 20, 2020 to January 9, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, December 21, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, what tech are you hoping to find under the tree? Plus general discussion.

CCBGTT HOLIDAY OPEN CHAT

Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosted by the CCB GTT team,

CCB-GTT POST XMAS OPEN CHAT

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, January 4, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Corry Stuive

Topic, New Year, new start, What were some of your favourite apps of 2020 and what do you looking forward to in the coming year both tech wise and perhaps personal goals. Lets the new year off to a grand start!

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, Samantha Moore,

Topic, Using Facebook on “I” Devices,

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, January 8, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open chat with the usual David Greene twist. 

(NOTE), There will be no CCB GTT Youth calls on December 24 or 31.

(NOTE), There will be no CCB GTT Open Chat Calls and/or Presentation on December 25 or 28 2020 or January 1 2021.

 

From the entire CCB GTT team and everyone at the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), We wish you and yours all the best over the holiday Season!

Stay safe, Happy New Year!

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.

 

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, December 13 to December 19, 2020 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, December 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Bring your tech questions and your tech tips.

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts, Brian Bibeault and Dorothy Macnaughton

The room opens at 6:30 p.m. for people who want to have some time to chat. There will be no specific topic, as this is an opportunity for general questions and answers. Everyone across Canada is welcome.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Gerry Chevalier,

Topic, Gerry will play a short demo using Microsoft Excel with NVDA. Then he will lead a Q&A on using excel with screen readers. Other questions about the use of Microsoft office products and screen readers are also welcome.

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

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 identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, December 18, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

GTT National and Edmonton Meeting December 9, 2020

Summary Notes

The most recent meeting of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held December 9 7pm as a Zoom virtual meeting and was combined with the GTT National Zoom meeting.

29 people attended.

IMPORTANT: Read the Additional Resources section following the meeting notes to learn about one on one telephone support, the National blog, CCB Podcast, Zoom meetings, and the support email list.

Reading Tip: These summary notes apply HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading.

December Topic: Canadian Assistive Technology

Steve Barclay, owner of Canadian Assistive Technology, was our guest. Steve reviewed several of his most popular products of interest to blind and low vision people. These included:

Braille Me (an affordable $750 20 cell 6 dot refreshable braille display)

Orbit Writer (a compact inexpensive $135 braille keyboard)

Orbit 40  (40 cell 8 dot refreshable braille display $1890)

Compact 10          (Electronic magnifier with some unique features)

Magnilink Tab Electronic magnifier

Low Cost Devices For Christmas Gifts

Steve suggested the following:

  • WayAround tags only about $1 each (clips, buttons, stickers, magnets) for the WayAround audio labelling system.
  • Typio Accessible Typing Tutor ($135) for all ages who want to learn touch typing.
  • Orbit Writer (a compact inexpensive $135 braille keyboard)
  • Sunu Band ($295) is a sonar smartband that uses vibrations to aid navigation for visually impaired.
  • For many more ideas simply visit CanAssTech Products page and sort from lowest to highest price among low vision or blindness product categories.

Simple MP3 Players

Steve was also asked about simple MP3 players with minimal buttons suitable for elderly. Although he doesn’t sell them he suggested trying the following 2 devices on Amazon.

iGuerburn Upgraded 16GB Simple Music MP3 Player

Simple MP3 Music Box for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Next Meeting (Monday January 11 at 7pm)

The next GTT Edmonton Chapter meeting will be January 11 at 7pm. Topic TBA.

The meeting link will be included in the agenda which will be emailed in early January.

Additional Resources

Telephone Training and Support

Contact the CCB national office GTT coordinators to book one on one telephone training.

Kim: 877-304-0968 Ext. 513

Email: GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 509

AccessibilityTraining7@Gmail.com

GTT Blog and Regular Zoom Meetings

CCB sponsors more than a dozen monthly Zoom meetings on technology, lifestyle, and open chat socialization.  You may wish to read the GTT blog to find email notices of the Zoom meetings and other information such as the weekly Windows from the Keyboard Tips. If you would prefer to receive the blog posts in your email inbox, then you may activate the Follow link at the bottom of the blog web page to enter your email. IF you have difficulty contact Kim or David for assistance.

CCB Podcast

CCB sponsors a podcast feed. Use your favorite pod catcher app or the Victor Reader Stream book playing device to subscribe to the feed. Search for “CCB” (Canadian Council of the Blind). You will find episodes on technology as well as general interest topics such as CELA Library, NNELS Library, WBU, and more.

GTT Email 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

GTT Edmonton Overview

  • GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each 2 hour meeting consists of a feature technology topic in the first hour and a general tech discussion in the second hour. If you know someone in the Edmonton area who would like to be a part of our group, simply ask them to email their full name and vision status (blind, low vision, sighted) to:

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

-End of document-

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, December 6 to December 12, 2020 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, December 7, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, what is the best tech gift you ever got? Followed by open tech chat.

 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenters, Kim Kilpatrick and Nolan Jenikov

Topic, Shopping part 2. The Apple store, gift certificates, Uber and Uber eats

 

CCB-GTT NATIONAL & EDMONTON CALL

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Gerry Chevalier

For the past several years, Gerry’s GTT Edmonton group has welcomed Steve Barclay (owner of Canadian Assistive Technology) www.canasstech.com to attend his December meetings in person. We are once again happy to welcome Steve and open up his presentation to our national call participants. Steve will discuss products that he is excited about this year.

 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, December 11, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

 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.

 

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, November 29 to December 5, 2020 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, November 30, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, in these days of more companies making tech accessible out of the box, what is the place for specially designed tech like the victor stream talking book player, handheld magnifiers, or screen readers like jaws? Open chat follows.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

(NOTE) As many people within our community will be eager to attend the two-day Sight Tech Global event on December 2nd and 3rd, our presentation call this week has been cancelled.

To find out more about this conference go to, www.sighttechglobal.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, December 4, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

 

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.

 

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, November 22 to November 28, 2020 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, November 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter Nolan Jenikov

Shopping online with accessibility in mind. Don’t miss out on the Black Friday Deals and just a reminder one month from today is Christmas.

CCB-GTT EVENING OPEN CHAT

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Elmer Thiesen (the original ET), co-host Corry Stuive

Topic, Whatever is on your mind, tech or other. Why not join us for this evening session. We look forward to hearing you there!

(Note) When we held our annual “CCB GTT Program Input Session” three months ago there was strong support for having and evening open chat session (primarily for those unable to attend the daytime chats) Unfortunately attendance has been sparse and unless the participant numbers increase this call may be discontinued beyond this date. 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, November 27, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

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.

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

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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