You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision. The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers. You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings, and some require preregistration.
(Information on how to Join the various meetings is located towards the end of this item)
CCB-GTT OPEN TECH CHAT
Monday, January 17, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:
Host: Kim Kilpatrick
Topic: Bring your favourite apps and devices, high- and low-tech solutions, questions, tips, and tricks to this lively weekly discussion group.
CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:
Host: Wayne Antle
Topic: As a follow-up to our presentation on using zoom on the mac, everyone will log into the meeting with their macs, and we will take turns practicing what we learned last week.
Our presentations start at 2 PM Eastern. We open the room for people who would like a little extra help with their Mac at 1:30 pm Eastern, 10:30 am Pacific.
(NOTE): Registration required. To register, please e-mail: email@example.com
CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:
Hosts: Dorothy Macnaughton and Brian Bibeault
Topic: Web Browsers, such as Edge, Firefox, etc. Which ones are most accessible? As well, how to effectively search the Internet – how to narrow down the search.
Everyone from across Canada is welcome to this call.
CCB-GTT PRESENTATION CALL
Wednesday January 19, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:
Host: Kim Kilpatrick
Presenter: Gerry Chevalier
Topic: Using Microsoft Word from the keyboard.
Description: In this 44-minute presentation, Gerry demonstrates using Microsoft Word from the keyboard with no mouse. Gerry explains basic keyboard navigation and screen reader commands by demonstrating various Word tasks including:
- Navigate Word Views.
- Navigate the Ribbons.
- Navigate and Search document text.
- Apply headings.
- Set character attributes.
- Set Text alignment, and font size.
- Make bulleted or numbered lists.
- Copy/paste formatting.
- Insert hyperlinks.
- Add Tables.
- Create a table of contents.
CCB-GTT ANDROID USERS GROUP
Wednesday January 19, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:
Hosts: Tracy Mousseau and Matthew Lorenz
Description: Sponsored and hosted by the Canadian Council of the Blind, GTT program.
Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.
Topic: Android Information and questions
(NOTE) Registration required, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CCB-GTT BRAILLE DISPLAY USERS GROUP
Thursday January 20, 2022, 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific:
Host: Kim Kilpatrick
If you are using an electronic Braille display, come join us to ask questions, share tips and tricks, and get the most use out of your device.
(NOTE) Registration required. Please e-mail: email@example.com
CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT
Friday January 21, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:
Hosts: David Greene and Shelley Morris
Topic: Sharing our stories
This week, we introduce you to Anthony Coulter who was instrumental in the rise of the CCB Mississauga chapter. We are eager to hear his story.
New Upcoming Workshops
(NOTE): Our first workshop on the Dolphin Easy Reader app, which is starting on January 26 is now full. However, if you did not register and do want to learn how to use this app, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will start a waiting list and will hold another workshop in the future.
We are planning a series of upcoming workshops. These will be 3-4 weeks long depending on the topic.
They will take place on Wednesdays at 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific, for one hour.
These will be small group explorations of topics. The group will work together with hands on practice of apps, programs, and devices.
We are limiting participation in each group to ten people. This way, everyone gets their questions answered and can help each other in a small group.
The number of participants at these smaller groups will be limited to help ensure quality control and meaningful participation by all. we encourage only those individuals with a vested interest in the topic and/or product to participate to help ensure that instruction is awarded initially to those most in need.
Other future topics may include:
- Using Voicedream reader on idevices
- Using the Victor Stream for reading books
- Apple podcasts
- Victor Reader Stream and podcasts
- Overcast podcast app
- Using The channels of seeing AI
- On-line banking
- Using windows with a screen reader
CCB-GTT Podcast Feed
You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favourite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this link to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/
CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST
CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:
You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.
For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport
CCB-GTT BUY, SELL, TRADE OR DONATE LIST
This is a Canadian Group for blind, partially sighted, and deaf-blind folks to buy, sell, trade, or donate previously enjoyed assistive technology.
To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:
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: email@example.com
If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.
How to Join Meetings:
You can participate by phone or Internet from wherever you are:
With the exception of the CCB-GTT ANDROID USERS GROUP, all other calls listed above can be accessed via the following link:
Meeting ID: 983 959 5688
Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:
BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:
Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:
Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:
Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:
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
1-877-304-0968 Ext 513
David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer
1-877-304-0968 Ext 509
Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator
1-877-304-0968 Ext 550