Get Together with Technology (GTT)
New Westminster and Vancouver Meetings
A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind
in partnership with
Blind Beginnings and
Vancouver Community College
February 20 in New Westminster and March 3 in Vancouver, 2018
Attendance at both meetings totaled 17
Summary Notes on Bluetooth keyboards
John Ogilvie lead both discussions:
There are Bluetooth keyboards available for the IPhone and IPad. Some are smaller and fold in half, and others are larger.
Using the keyboard, means you don’t have to use the touch screen and gestures
There are various keyboards which are slightly different
Quick Nav – left and right arrow together puts you in or out of this mode
When we are writing we turn it off, but when we’re reading we turn it on.
Swiping left and right with quicknav on is just using your arrow keys
To get to the top of the screen – control up arrow, or control down arrow to get to the bottom
When it says actions available you can use your up and down arrows to hear what options there are
Double tap on the keyboard is up and down arrow together
Hitting 2 takes you to level 2 headings
Option key with left or right arrow is to go back one word or forward one word – when writing
Command key is like the control key on a PC
Keyboard help allows you to touch any key on the keyboard to figure out where the keys are.
Control option K turns on the keyboard help
To exit keyboard help press Escape
Control option A is read from where your cursor is onwards
Control up arrow to top of mail
Right arrow will take you through each of your messages
Hit control to stop it from reading
Attachments are always at the bottom of the Emails and you can get there by doing a control down arrow
Up and down arrow together to select or open
Hold down an arrow can skip you forward or back quickly
Roter on the keyboard is up arrow with left arrow, or up arrow with eright arrow and then just arrow up or down to read.
When you are going through the list of your Emails you will hear actions available. When you hear actions available you arrow up and down to hear the options. Select more to get to reply
When you are moving your arrow to the right it puts your cursor to the right of the character, and when you are arrowing left, it puts your cursor to the left of the character
Option left and right brings you from one screen to the next
Works similarily to navigate around
Search button on the keyboard – type in what you are searching for
Use QuickNav to look through the options to find the one you want and select it with up and down arrow together
next meeting: March 20, 2018
Facebook – using the GTT group
For more information about GTT contact:
Shawn Marsolais Albert Ruel
604-434-7243 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550
GTT New Westminster and Vancouver Overview
- GTT New Westminster/ Vancouver is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
- GTT New Westminster and Vancouver promote a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
- Each meeting consists of a feature technology topic, questions and answers about technology, and one-on-one training where possible.
- Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
- There are GTT groups across Canada as well as a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
National 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:
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