Reminder that the rural and northern Ontario GTT teleconference is tonight January 26 at 7 PM eastern.

This is just a reminder of the northern Ontario and rural GTT teleconference taking place January 26 at 7 PM Eastern.
This is an open call with no guest speaker this time.
People are asked to bring any questions, tips, or tech issues to discuss.
Here is the call in info
Time: 7 Pm eastern.
Date: January 26 2017
Call in number 1-866-740-1260
Passcode 5670311

GTT notes for Northern Ontario last call and upcoming meeting announcement.

Hello everyone.
Please find below the notes for the June 23 GTT Northern Ontario meeting.
We discussed gadgets and useful tools and generally had a round table (or rather round the phone) discussion about the most usable and useful gadgets and tools.
Kim and Dorothy have updated the notes with useful information and updated links and information.
On September 29 2016 on our call, we will have representatives from Aroga to talk about their latest products and their services.
Northern Ontario and Rural GTT Teleconference Meeting

June 23, 2016

Topic: Tools and Gadgets

There are some resources on the CNIB website regarding iPhone help and the link is below:
These are resources originally available through the Hadley School For The Blind
Albert Ruel with GTT has turned all of the below Ifocus videos into MP3 files which he can share with you.
If you want these, please email and Kim will forward your requests to Albert.

If you don’t have access to a computer and would like the text of any of the topics, please contact Dorothy at rmacnaug@sympatico and I will copy them into the body of an e-mail for you.

Text of the linked webpage:
iFocus Series on iPhone Accessibility
Did you know that all iPhones and iPads are accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted? In fact, the accessibility features within “i” devices are built right into the devices themselves – it’s just a matter of turning them on and knowing how to use them.
In the iFocus video series below, created by The Hadley School for the Blind, you’ll learn how to operate the built-in accessibility tools within the iPhone and iPad so you can make the most of your device.
We send our deepest thanks to our partners at Hadley for allowing us to share these videos on our website.
Using the “Zoom” feature
This group of videos will teach you the ins and outs of using the “Zoom” function on your iPhone or iPad, which allows you to make the text on your phone larger.
• iFocus – Using the Zoom Features
Using the “VoiceOver” feature
This next group of videos will show you how to use the “VoiceOver” feature on an iPad or iPhone, which is similar to a screen reader.
• iFocus – Beginning Gestures in Voiceover
• iFocus – Placing and Receiving Phone Calls
• iFocus – Typing on Your iDevice
• iFocus – Sending a Text Message
• iFocus – Checking Voicemail
• iFocus – Recording a Voice Memo
• iFocus – Setting an Alarm
• iFocus – Using the Timer
• iFocus – Checking the Weather
• iFocus – Using the Notes App
• iFocus – Composing an Email
• iFocus – Using the Rotor
• iFocus – Selecting, Copying and Pasting Text
• iFocus – Using the Notification Center
• iFocus – Accessing the Control Center
• iFocus – Setting Bookmarks in Safari
• iFocus – Advanced VoiceOver Gestures
• iFocus – Handwriting With iOS 7
• iFocus – Creating a Calendar Event
• iFocus – Resetting Your iDevice
• iFocus – Adding Elements to the Rotor
• iFocus – Pairing a Refreshable Braille Device
• iFocus – Introducing Alex in iOS
Learn more about iPhone accessibility…
Click here to browse a list of accessible iPhone apps, listed by category.

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired has a webpage with technology instructional videos

Instructional Videos

If you want individualized help with your I devices please call or email Kim and she can help as well.
Applevis also has very good resources for all things IOS.
The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has technology information

There is a prototype of a device called the “Buzz Clip”, a small device you wear which buzzes when you are near objects. It will be sold by Microcomputer Science Centre Inc. based in Mississauga.

Shoppers Drug Mart has a device and discs available called “ScripTalk” to allow access to prescription information verbally. You will need to ask for this and then the necessary arrangements can be made.

Talking Watches and Braille Watches from CNIB and also from Future Aids

Victor Reader Stream

Talking Clock

Atomic Clock – from Independent Living Aids in the U.S.

Talking Timer

Talking Calculator

Lighted Magnifier

Talking Indoor/Outdoor Thermometers

Talking Thermostat (wifi, accessible through iPhone) from NEST

Monoculars – Lee Valley has one that is a jeweller’s loupe and is not very expensive

Magnified glasses

There are many highly tactile dots and shapes from Future Aids

Elastics (e.g. use one around the bottle for Shampoo; two elastics for Conditioner)

Magnets on cans; magnetic dymotape from CNIB which can be brailled

Pen Friend (new version)

Pen Friend with washable labels (more expensive)

Talking Scale – Braille Superstore or CNIB or Shoppers Home Health Care

App – Blind Square (navigation aid)

There are also other GPS apps specifically for people who are blind.
Near by Explorer for Android and Iphone which is an expensive app.
Autour is a new free GPS app for IOS which is in development.
App – Find My iPhone

App – People Finder Light

External battery boosters for any device that uses usbs ($10 on Amazon)

Waterproof smart phone case – Lifeproof

Bluetooth headphones – Mpaow

Apple battery case

Smart case (not waterproof)

Portable dictaphone (Phillips)

Recording using iPhone apps include:
voice memos
pocket recorder
Just press record

Recording using Victor Reader Stream

Recording using Plextalk Pocket

Olympus recorders

Tap Memo

Slate and stylus

Locator Tags

Money holder for coins

Divider between bills – doubled over aluminum foil

Free credit card holder from banks (heavy plastic)

mp3 Player

Audacity software for multi-track recording and editing
This is available for both windows and mac.

Gold Wave audio-video recording software

Sound recorder in PC

Recording cassettes onto CDs – Staples

Recording records onto CDs – Staples

Talking Meat Thermometer for the BBQ – iGrill

(Braille Superstore)

Orbit – braille display and reader
The orbit is now available for pre-order at the CNIB store.
They should be shipping in October.
You will pay a 50 dollar deposit and the final full price is 499 dollars.

Add to game sites – Blindfold Games

Canadian Braille Press

Tactile Vision Graphics – tactile and braille products

Our next Northern Ontario and Rural GTT teleconference call will take place on Thursday September 29 at 7 PM eastern time.

Although our GTT northern Ontario meetings usually take place on the third Thursday of every month, this month, our meeting will take place on September 29. This meeting is especially for those who live in areas where it is difficult to meet and connect with a local GTT (Get Together with Technology) group.
If you would like more information, contact Kim Kilpatrick at
Stay tuned for previous meeting notes and more details about upcoming meetings.
Here is the call in info.

Next Northern Ontario/rural GTT Teleconference Thursday June 23 at 7 PM Eastern.  Useful tools and gadgets. 

Our next Northern Ontario/rural GTT meeting will take place on Thursday June 23 at 7 PM Eastern.  Our topic is useful gadgets and tools.  Bring. Your useful gadgets and questions about any you would like to find.  Household things, gardening gadgets, medical and health tools, whatever you like.  This is our last call before September.
Here is the call in information.


Passcode 5670311

Next GTT Northern Ontario and Rural conference call will be on Thursday June 23rd at 7 PM Eastern. Looking for topic ideas. 

Our next Northern Ontario and rural GTT Teleconference call will be delayed a week and will take place on Thursday June 23rd at 7 PM Eastern.  We are looking for possible topics. If you have one of interest or you have one you would like to present, please send them to 

Call in info and a reminder will be sent out on the week of June 20.

Reminder upcoming NOrthern Ontario and rural GTT teleconference call on Thursday April 21 at 7 PM eastern time.

Hello everyone,
This is a reminder of the Northern Ontario and Rural GTT teleconference workshop on apps for i devices. It will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. EST.
Call in information is as follows:

1-866-740-1260 The access code is 5670311
Speakers will be:

Kim Kilpatrick

Shane Wheeler 
I am suggesting that each speaker take half an hour and then we can use the last half hour for questions and for others to add their suggestions for apps which may not have been covered. 

If you want any more information, you can call Kim at 1-877-304-0968

Or e-mail

Reminder: Next northern Ontario/ rural GTT teleconference call all about accessible apps for I Devices and android.  March 17 7 PM Eastern. 

Reminder next Northern Ontario/rural GTT conference call Thursday March 17 7 PM Eastern. All about android and IOS apps. Join us if you live in Northern Ontario and/or in a rural area with no GTT group on Thursday March 17 for our regular monthly teleconference call. 

This one is all about accessible apps. 

We will give equal time to Iphone and Android apps during this presentation with experts of both types of devices sharing their favourite apps. 

Here is the call in info. 


March 17 2016. 

Time: 7 PM Eastern time

Call in number: 


Passcode 5670311 

For more information contact Kim at 

1-877-304-0968 X. 513. 


Notes from GTT Northern  Ontario  meeting all about CELA Library Services  (reading newspapers, search preferences, and more) 

Below find the notes for the last Northern Ontario GTT meeting. Thanks to Gerry chevalier for leading such an informative discussion. 


Northern Ontario GTT Meeting

February 18, 2016


Introductions were made with 10 people on the call. 

Guest Speaker:  Gerry Chevalier, Edmonton


Congratulations to Dorothy on her award from the Ontario Library Association for advocating for equitable library services for people with print disabilities for close to 20 years.


Gerry is our guest for this meeting and will be going into more detail about CELA services and audible books.  

Digital Audio Library Tutorial given by Gerry can be found on the CELA website:

You can find this tutorial by going to the Advanced Search and searching by author.



CELA Library

There was discussion about current CNIB Library patrons transferring over to CELA by the end of December 2016.  The information on the CELA website is laid out the same as on the CNIB Library’s portal.  The CELA customer number is the same as that for CNIB library service.  

What will happen to CNIB library clients in provinces or territories where library service is no longer being supported by CELA?  

Shane (who lives in Newfoundland) called CNIB library and was told that so far no part of Newfoundland is part of CELA yet.  Shane is happy to be the contact person for Newfoundland to find out more about CELA services and what might be happening.  


Direct to Player

Gerry explained that Direct to Player refers to a download DAISY audio book format available from CELA which will download from your holds list on the CELA computer direct to your book player device. To get a book on the CELA Direct to Player holds list you may use a computer or have CELA automatically put books on your holds list at regular intervals. Your book player device must be capable of supporting the Direct to Player download method. Such devices include Victor Reader Stream and Stratus from HumanWare and the Plextalk Lineo Pocket and PTX1. Also, there is a free iPhone app called Direct to Player which can be installed from the App Store.


Gerry explained that if your device is not downloading the Direct to Player books then you should check its settings to ensure that the device is configured for Internet access. For example, with the VR Stream, you press the Online button above key 2 to switch to online mode, then press menu key 7 to reach the wireless menu. Then press key 8 (down arrow) to find the option to scan for available networks and press the Confirm (pound) key. Then choose your network from the list of available networks and press Confirm again. You will be asked to enter the network password and an optional nickname for your network. This need only be done once and the Stream will now remember that network and connect to it anytime you press and hold the Online button.


You can call CELA tech support or the manufacturer’s tech support for additional help.



You can’t download newspapers. “Stream” means coming to you in real time like listening to the radio, directly from a website.  The item cannot be saved on a computer like a downloaded item.  


Newspapers on the CELA website are updated daily.

Log in to the CELA library site:  

(For those using JAWS or NVDA) and keystrokes:

Each time a web page loads, it tells you how many headings and how many links it has.  


Windows M for the desktop

Windows R to run dialogue  


InsertT reads the page title  

Insert f7 brings up links on page  

Arrow down to reach the item on the list you are interested in or

Jump to an item by typing its first letter (e.g.  N for newsstand)

Then press Enter  

This opens a web page with a list of 35 newspapers

Again press Insert f7

Arrow down the list of links to find your desired newspaper or pres the first letter to jump to that newspaper e.g. G for Globe and Mail)

Press Enter to open that newspaper’s index of sections.

Index of Sections

Enter to read article chosen

You can find the number of words in the article.

To find the next paragraph, press P

Insert down arrow for continuous read  


Shift P lets you backup and re-read previous paragraphs  


At the bottom of the articles in a section, you will find 3 links: return to the list of newspapers, the index of sections of the current newspaper, or return to the list of articles in the current section.


If ever in doubt where you are with Windows, use insertT to determine the Title.


Newspaper Apps for iPhones:


Canada News

CBC news app  


How would you get another newspaper represented on the CELA website?  Send CELA a request.


Library Search Preferences

On the home page of the CELA library site, go to M for “My Library” and then “Search Preferences”.


Press H to jump to headings.

The Loans link – list of your books on loan

​  – Loan History link shows books you have read

Holds – books you have requested which are on ​  ​hold ​

Reading lists – wish list, sort books by topic  Search preferences – use space bar to check or remove check

• choose language (English or French)

• show the formats you would like to read or not read (Direct to Player or DAISY CD)

• choose types of books (e.g. no children’s or young adult)


Audible book companies:

• – buy each book or $150/year subscription which includes 12 books

• – free

• Project Gutenberg Canada

• Internet Archive

• American Printing House for the Blind

• National Braille Press – cost for downloading books and text download

• gizmo’s freeware – listing of sites to find free downloadable books

 We discussed some of the challenges of downloading books from public libraries using Overdrive.

We also made people aware of the free podcasts and webinars at the Hadley School for the Blind.

The mac and the I devices can also be used to browse and read newspapers, select books for your holds, and change your preferences. If you need help with mac or Iphone Ipad Ipod touch, contact Kim at 


Next Meetings of the N ON Get Together with Technology (GTT) (and others who live where there is no face-to-face group are also welcome):

March 17  Topic:  Useful Apps for people with vision loss

## ​Speakers:  Kim Kilpatrick and Shane Wheeler- apps for Apple products

​Speakers:  Jeff Stark and Hedi Kment – apps for Android devices

April 21  Topic:  Useful Internet sites (specific urls)  for people with vision loss



Next GTT northern and rural Ontario Conference call. Explaining the ADP system if you are blind or have low vision. Others in Ontario are welcome if they RSVP. 

Our next northern Ontario GTT teleconference call will take place on Thursday November 19 at 7 PM Eastern time.  The topic is ADP and a better understanding of it.  Find out what is covered and how it works from an assessor’s perspective. If you live in another part of Ontario and want to join in for this call, please RSVP to Kim at 613-567-0311 Xt. 513. Or email 

Here is the call in info. 


Passcode 5670311 

Reminder first ever Northern Ontario GTT group meeting by teleconference tonight October 15 7 PM Eastern. 


This is just a reminder that our first ever northern Ontario GTT group will take place tonight at 7 PM Eastern time by teleconference.

We will  be brainstorming topics for future teleconferences, discussing what high and low tech solutions we use every day, and deciding how often to have our meetings.  

Please come and also share with anyone who would like to call in from Northern Ontario. 

The call in information is: 


Passcode 5670311