GTT Prince Edward Island Summary Notes, What is GTT and Brainstorming Session, February 28, 2018

GTT Prince Edward Island Conference Call Meeting


Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind


Summary Notes

February 28, 2018


The first GTT  Prince Edward Island Provincial Conference Call meeting was held on February 28, 2018 starting at 7:00 PM PEI Time.

Attendance: 9 people attended this first brainstorming meeting.  Jude, Sandra, Stella, Serge, Nicholas, Irene, Brian, Phil and Albert.


Theme: Outline of what GTT is, and Brainstorming for future meeting topics


  • Albert Ruel, GTT Coordinator from CCB attended in order to introduce the participants to CCB’s Assistive Technology programs, especially the Get Together with Technology initiative (GTT) that Kim Kilpatrick started in Ottawa in 2011 with Ellen Goodman.
  • Brian Bibeault from the North Bay CCB Chapter and the Northern Ontario Conference Call GTT also attended, and they both talked about a variety of assistive Technology and their relative accessibility features.
  • The 9 participants were very engaged as they were lead through a discussion about the apps and devices currently being used, and what else might be available to support ongoing learning and support. We discussed the cost of screen readers like JAWS, and how it compares with the free screen reader called NVDA.  The differences between the range of talking book players produced by Humanware was discussed, with more to be talked about next month.  The topic of smart phones was also brought up, with more detailed discussions to follow during subsequent meetings.  Some educational resources were mentioned, like Hadley Institute and tutorials from Freedom Scientific.  Finally, the following contacts for tech support were shared: Apple Accessibility Support 1-877-204-3930; Microsoft Disability Answer Desk 1-800-936-5900; Google Disability Support, no phone number available:
    • The potential of inviting all blind and low vision people from the 4 Atlantic Provinces was discussed and the group was open to trying it out for a while to gage the level of interest in the region. If a GTT Atlantic Canada group eventually becomes too large we will be able to break it up into smaller Provincial groups then.
    • Before closing the meeting the group was asked to come up with a topic for the next, and subsequent meetings. So far, March will see a brief demo of and discussion about the features and benefits of the new generation VR Stream talking book player.  For April Sandra wants to have a demo of how to access websites using screen readers and magnification software.  As the Newfoundland group had requested a discussion on smart phones and the like, that too will be placed on the upcoming agendas.


Next meeting: Wed, March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM PEI Time.

Theme: VR Stream talking book device and smart phone technology.  This will be a basic introductory discussion on the features and benefits of using dedicated talking book devices like the VR Stream, versus the features of smart phone technology for our access to information needs.


GTT Atlantic Canada Conference Call Group Overview

  • GTT Atlantic Canada is a group of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Atlantic Canada promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with their assistive technology needs.
  • Each meeting consists of a feature technology topic, and questions and answers about technology.
  • Participants are encouraged to attend 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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GTT Prince Edward Island Meeting Invitation, General Discussion and Brainstorming Session, February 28, 2018

Get Together With Technology (GTT)

An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind


You are invited!  Blind and low vision GTT participants meet monthly to learn about and share their experiences using assistive technologies in their daily lives at home, school, or at work.


Agenda for the first Prince Edward Island Conference Call GTT Meeting:

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Prince Edward Island Time.

Location: CCB Toll Free Conference Number.

Call-in Information:


Passcode is 5670311#

Smart Phone users can tap on the below number to have the passcode dialed automatically following the toll free number:




  • Brainstorming for the first, and future meetings of GTT and the CCB Assistive Technology Program on Prince Edward Island.
  • Albert Ruel and Sandra Porier will lead a Brainstorming Session Regarding Future content and format for GTT Prince Edward Island Meetings

Some are curious about the kinds of topics or technologies that may be discussed in future meetings. Here are a few potential topics:


  1. Talking books, talking book machines and accessible Libraries: How do I get started; where do I ask my questions; what do I do to find books I will like?
  2. What types of magnification technology will help me access vital text in my home?
  3. How can we who are living with Low and no vision get access to vital information?
  4. Smart phones, which one is best, how much are they and who will help me learn how to use one?
  5. Is a computer actually needed in my life, and if so who’s going to help me pick one out or learn how to use it?
  6. Is the internet a safe place to get information I need?
  7. Hey Google, Alexa, what are these smart speakers we keep hearing about, is that something I need or want?


Who Should Attend:

Any blind or low vision person who is interested in learning how assistive technologies can help them lead more independent lives.

  • Anyone interested in contributing to the future of the Prince Edward Island GTT group by sharing ideas for future meetings to discuss other blind or low vision assistive devices.


For More Information contact:

Sandra Poirier or Albert Ruel