CCB Technology Buy, Sell and Trade Email List is up and running

Hi all.  For those of you who have previously enjoyed assistive tech to donate or sell, or if there are things you seek please subscribe to this new group and hopefully you will find the perfect device, or a new home for those items no longer needed.

To register please send an email message to:

CCB-Tech-BuySellTrade+subscribe@groups.io

Tell all your friends about it as well so we can capture a large number of donors, sellers, buyers and traders.  Not that we want the political type of traders, but we’ll welcome the assistive tech traders and users.

Companies may only advertise special sales and donations of used equipment, not their new offerings.

A full set of rules will be released soon, so stay tuned.  Of course it stands to reason that the CCB will not assume any responsibility for the quality or value of the equipment/software exchanged on this list, and anyone offering or requesting illegal items will be removed.

Now, let’ss start trading!

Thx, Albert

***

Albert A. Ruel, GTT Coordinator

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology Program (GTT)

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

iPhone: 250-240-2343

Email: albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

GTT Blog: https://gttprogram.wordpress.com/

URL: http://ccbnational.net/fresco/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccbnational

Facebook Group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/414313508657159?refid=27

Twitter: @GTTWest @GTTProgram @CCBNational

From an Island in the Pacific

Parksville BC Canada

“If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you’re right”.

Henry Ford

Get Together with Technology (GTT) on Twitter and Facebook

GTT on Twitter and Facebook

 

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

 

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman.  GTT aims to help people who are blind or have low vision in their exploration of low vision and blindness related access technology.  Through involvement with GTT participants can learn from and discuss assistive technology with others walking the same path of discovery.

 

GTT is made up of blindness related assistive technology users, and those who have an interest in using assistive technology designed to help blind and vision impaired people level the playing field.  GTT groups interact through social media, and periodically meet in-person or by teleconference to share their passions for assistive technology and to learn what others can offer from their individual perspectives.

 

To follow, and join in on the discussions undertaken my members of the Get Together with Technology initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, please find us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

GTT Program on Twitter:

To stay in touch with GTT on Twitter please follow the three Twitter Feeds listed below:

 

@GTTProgram @GTTWest @CCBNational

 

GTTProgram on Facebook:

To follow GTT on Facebook like and share the following FB Pages:

 

CCBNational GTTProgram

 

Or join the General and Youth GTTProgram Facebook Groups;

 

Join the GTTProgram Group for blindness related assistive technology discussions.  This group welcomes participants of all ages.  For more information contact Kim or Albert at GTTProgram@Gmail.com or Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net.

 

Join the GTTYouth for lively discussion on matters related to blindness assistive technology.  Canadian Youth aged 18 to 25 are encouraged to join this group.  For more information contact Rebecca.GTT@CCBNational.net.

 

For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators:

 

Albert Ruel                   or                          Kim Kilpatrick

1-877-304-0968,550                      1-877-304-0968,513

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net                GTTProgram@Gmail.com

 

CCB Backgrounder:

The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

 

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

 

 

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968

Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: www.ccbnational.net

 

GTT Re-Purposing Initiative: Used Assistive Devices Wanted

Used Assistive Devices Wanted!

 

Do you, or someone you know have a used VR Stream, a talking blood glucose monitor or a magnifier you’re no longer using, and if so are you willing to make it available for others to enjoy going forward?  The above are simply examples of devices that might do well to be recycled.

 

Some GTT members across the country are seeking donations of such devices, or at least a very low price for the re-purposing of your previously enjoyed assistive tech, so please let us know what is gathering dust in a drawer somewhere, and we’ll help you put it back into circulation.

 

If you have some devices available for this re-purposing initiative please let Albert Ruel know, along with the condition of said equipment and how you wish to see it re-enter circulation.  I will endeavour to put donors and recipients together for such an exchange, or facilitate the exchange as might best suit the participants.

 

If you have something you wish to make available, if you’re in need of something, or if you merely want to know more please contact Albert at 250-240-2343 or by email at:

 

Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

 

Thx, Albert

 

Albert A. Ruel, GTT Coordinator

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology Program (GTT)

 

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

iPhone: 250-240-2343

Email: albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

GTT Blog: https://gttprogram.wordpress.com/

URL: http://ccbnational.net/fresco/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccbnational

Facebook Group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/414313508657159?refid=27

Twitter: @GTTWest @GTTProgram @CCBNational

 

Get Together with Technology (GTT) on Twitter and Facebook, An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

GTT on Twitter and Facebook

Get Together with Technology (GTT)
Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman. GTT aims to help people who are blind or have low vision in their exploration of low vision and blindness related access technology. Through involvement with GTT participants can learn from and discuss assistive technology with others walking the same path of discovery.

GTT is made up of blindness related assistive technology users, and those who have an interest in using assistive technology designed to help blind and vision impaired people level the playing field. GTT groups interact through social media, and periodically meet in-person or by teleconference to share their passions for assistive technology and to learn what others can offer from their individual perspectives.

To follow, and join in on the discussions undertaken my members of the Get Together with Technology initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, please find us on Twitter and Facebook.

GTT Program on Twitter:
To stay in touch with GTT on Twitter please follow the three Twitter Feeds listed below:

@GTTProgram @GTTWest @CCBNational

GTTProgram on Facebook:
To follow GTT on Facebook like and share the following FB Pages:

CCBNational GTTProgram

Or join the General and Youth GTTProgram Facebook Groups;

Join the GTTProgram Group for blindness related assistive technology discussions. This group welcomes participants of all ages. For more information contact Kim or Albert at GTTProgram@Gmail.com or Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net.

Join the GTTYouth for lively discussion on matters related to blindness assistive technology. Canadian Youth aged 18 to 25 are encouraged to join this group. For more information contact Rebecca.GTT@CCBNational.net.

For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators:

Albert Ruel or Kim Kilpatrick
1-877-304-0968,550 1-877-304-0968,513
albert.GTT@CCBNational.net GTTProgram@Gmail.com

CCB Backgrounder:
The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).
The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments. CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.
CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.
The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues. For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.
As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

CCB National Office
100-20 James Street Ottawa ON K2P 0T6
Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: http://www.ccbnational.net

Questionnaire: GTT Vancouver Meeting Dates and Times for Second Meeting

Questionnaire
Get Together with Technology Vancouver Proposed Weekend Meeting:

The Canadian Council of the Blind in partnership with Blind Beginnings is interested in fulfilling the request of some GTT attendees for an additional weekend/evening meeting. This proposed additional meeting day and time would also potentially meet the needs of some who have not been able to attend the Wednesday morning sessions we’ve hosted to date. To that end we wish to receive your feedback on the day, time and place that will serve the needs of most who desire to participate. Please respond to the below questions to Shawn Marsolais, Shawn@BlindBeginnings.ca or Albert Ruel, GTTWest@CCBNational.net and we will let you know the findings.

*Note: Please submit your feedback by email or telephone no later than March 21, 2016.
*Note: To complete the following using screen reading technology you may arrow to the line below each question where the word “Answer:” appears, then tap your End Key to place the curser to the right of that word. Type your answer, then move on to the next question. Once you are done please email the document back to Shawn or Albert.

1. Do you currently attend the GTT Vancouver meeting held on the third Wednesday of each month from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at 227 6th Street in New Westminster?
Answer:
2. If so, will you continue attending that meeting, or would you prefer a different day, time and location?
Answer:
3. If you haven’t yet attended a GTT Vancouver meeting, do you wish to participate in the Get Together with Technology Peer Mentoring program in the Lower Mainland area?
Answer:
4. If a second meeting day and time were selected, what would be your best day of the week for such a two-hour gathering?
Answer:
5. What time of day would work better for you to get to and from such a two-hour session?
Answer:
6. What part of the Lower Mainland area would be easiest for you to get to and from such a session?
Answer:

For additional information on what the GTT program is, who currently oversees it and how to get in touch please contact Albert Ruel by email at GTTWest@CCBNational.net, or by telephone or text at 250-240-2343, or Shawn Marsolais by email at . Shawn@BlindBeginnings.ca or by telephone at 604-434-7243.

Sincerely,

Albert A. Ruel
Canadian Council of the Blind
Get Together with Technology
Cell: 250-240-2343
Email: GTTWest@CCBNational.net
WP Blog: http://www.GTTProgram.Wordpress.com
Twitter: @Vanisle @GTTProgram
Facebook: GTTProgram

GTT Vancouver Summary Notes, September 23, 2015

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c2ztm35gh7v37xt/gtt%20vancouver%20sept%2023rd%20session%20archive.mp3?dl=0GTT Vancouver Summary Notes

Sponsored by

The Canadian Council of the Blind and Blind Beginnings

September 23, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Hosted by Blind Beginnings at their offices, 227 6th Street in New Westminster

Present: Albert, Mary, John, Iris, Bruce, Linda, Donna, Geri, Betty, Tyler, Nita, Lovette, Shawn, Matthew and Clement. Bruce MacKenzie from Canadialog was in attendance and offered his support to the GTT Vancouver Group. They are the Canadian distributors of all things Freedom Scientific.

Clement and Mat started the introduction round, then asked all to introduce themselves with a brief description of what skills they can offer, and what they might wish to gain from involvement in GTT. From the introductions the following topics were discussed.

Here is a link to a recording of the proceedings:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3394499/gtt%20vancouver%20sept%2023rd%20session%20archive.MP3

Here are some of the discussions we had:

  • Why not upgrade to Windows 10: some have tried, and the consensus is that waiting until the bugs are worked out is a good idea for assistive tech users, unless one likes to play with new tools right out of the box.       Waiting until there’s a decimal after the version number before moving to it is a good idea.
  • When should I move to a new iOS version or iPhone. Apparently iOS 9 has fixed some of the slowness of earlier versions, and it seems to be working well on the iPhone 4S.
  • Triple tap the Home button to turn on and off the Voice Over App, or any other accessibility App. This has to be set up by going to the Settings App, General then Accessibility.       At the bottom of that page is an icon or button called Accessibility Shortcut that can be set to VO, Zoom or the other physical disability features. Once set-up you can turn VO on and off by merely triple tapping the Home button.
  • Two-finger double tap turns on and off audio playback, and it answers and hangs up phone calls.
  • The Audible App sometimes asks the user to connect to WI’FI. Check that the app is set to access books from the Device rather than the Cloud to ensure that no Data is being used when in transit.
  • GPS questions discussed were, Apple Maps, Google Maps, Blind Square and Sendero GPS. Different people use different ones and all of those are workable and accessible.
  • VO Calendar is an app designed to work with the native Calendar App in iOS and which renders it accessible and usable.
  • It was discussed that sometimes VO speaks a different thing than what is seen on the screen. We determined that the visual layout is different than the tab order, so one will be well served by learning the physical layout of the screen so that Back buttons, Send buttons and so on can be located very quickly.
  • When navigating the list of text and email messages the user can return to the top of the list by touching the top Heading, then swiping to the right and you’ll be back on the first message.
  • Exploring the screen while working with each App to learn where all the regular buttons are physically located is the quickest way to operate the phone/App. Swiping left or right as a means of exploring the screen is very time consuming, and it doesn’t allow us to know where the icon is actually located.
  • To read articles without the header info being spoken listen for the words “Reader is Available” as the web page is loading, then Find the word “Reader” at the top right corner of the screen. Double tap on it, then invoke the “Say All” command to begin reading the entire article. Once finished a 2-finger scrub will close the Reader.
  • There are two “Say All” commands – swipe down with two fingers will read from where your curser is positioned, and a 2-finger swipe up will send the curser to the top of the page and begin reading.
  • The Google app is a quick and easy way to search the web using SIRI to dictate the search string, or one may use the Text Edit field to type the info.
  • When Opening the Safari web browser it will be on the page you have set as your default, which can be Google if you choose.
  • The Pages icon at the Bottom right corner of the Safari browser screen shows the list of visited web pages. Double tap it, then double tap the private icon and all will be deleted after the done button is double tapped. Once done you should return to the Pages icon and double tap the Private icon again to unselect it.
  • At the bottom of the on-screen keyboard when you are typing a URL you will find the @ sign and period. Double tap and hold the period briefly and a list of .com.net or .org will show up. Double tap the one you want and it will be placed where your curser is situated.
  • One may close all Apps in the app switcher in order to save on resource usage. Press the Home button twice quickly in order to list the currently running Apps, then swipe left or right to access the ones you wish to close.       While on an App you wish to close you can swipe up or down with one finger to locate the Close button and double tap it. Repeat until all are closed and only the Home icon remains. Double tap it to return to your Home Screen.
  • If you don’t want Safari to save web pages you may set your default to private in the Pages icon at the bottom right corner of the safari screen.
  • Find my I-phone is a good App to have on iPhones, and to a lesser degree on iPads and iPods. Apps are also available for PC and Mac computers so that you can find that missing iPhone.
  • Some Apps for saving all your passwords are, LastPass, Password Keychain, Splash ID and One Password etc. Some are free, and others can be purchased if you wish to share them with family or on more than one device.
  • When in lists of messages you can one finger swipe up or down and you’ll get more options like delete. This is also the case in the Camera App when switching to video or picture modes. Note that Voice Over says the word “Adjustable” or “More Options” at the end. That’s your indication that a 1-finger swipe up or down will offer you additional options.
  • How to access your contacts list while talking on the phone.       The best way to do this is to use the ear bud headphones that come with your iPhone. That way you can keep the person on the phone while you scroll through the phone to find the desired number and still be able to deliver it to the person you’re talking with. The ear buds also have a switch that allows you to turn the volume up and down, as well as answer and hang up a call without having to take it out of your pocket/purse.
  • Podcast apps are Downcast, the native Podcast app, and Lier.       Others also exist, however these ones are accessible and are known by people in the room.
  • NVDA is a screen reader for the PC, and it has available some additional voices that Matt, Clement and Tyler can assist in setting up.
  • A demo was done showing how VO Calendar works, and a little on using SIRI to set-up appointments.

In the second hour we broke into smaller groups to talk about the following:

  • Betty worked with a group on strategies for editing text and VO Calendar.
  • Albert worked with Iris on how to use I-Phone earphones for answering and hanging up phone calls, pausing music and other audio players and how to move from video to picture mode on the iPhone Camera App.
  • Mat helped Mary regain the speech in Voice Over since having upgraded to iOS 9.
  • John led a group on how to use the built-in magnifier instead of Zoomtext.

The group was asked to email Shawn with their phone numbers and email addresses, as well as their preference for meeting topics, days of the week and time of day. Her email address is:

Shawn@BlindBeginnings.ca

Date of the next meeting was set for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

The topic for the next meeting’s first hour presentation is to be announced, and will have the second hour dedicated to using iTunes.

Clement offered the following resource, blindness and low vision resources for iPhone/iPad:

www.applevis.com

Great resource for iOS stuff related to the iPhone and iPad apps for the visually impaired.

GTT WordPress Blog, Facebook and Twitter Feeds:

If you wish to follow the GTT Groups now starting to gather all over Canada, you can do so by registering your email address as follows. Registering will have you receiving each announcement in your email inbox without any effort on your part.

Here’s how to register:

  1. Point your Web Browser to,

www.GTTProgram.WordPress.com

  1. Find the Edit Field near the bottom of the Web Page called “Follow GTT Program Blog and Resources” and type in your email address.
  2. Tab to the “Sign Me Up” Button and Press the Space Bar or Enter Key.
  3. Launch your Email Program and find an email message from the GTT Program Blog and open it. *Note: if it’s not in your Inbox check the Spam/Junk Folder.
  4. Scroll through the message to find the Confirm Link and Press the Enter Key.
  5. This will take you to the GTT Program Blog and should display a message confirming that you have been successfully registered to receive ongoing Blog Posts.

Congratulations! You’re part of the GTT Team.   Welcome aboard.

To stay in touch with GTT on Twitter please follow the two Twitter Feeds listed below:

@GTTVanisle and @GTTProgram

To see what GTT is up to across Canada you can become a member of the Facebook Group at:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/414313508657159?refid=27

For more information please contact:

Albert Ruel on the West Coast:                  or          Kim Kilpatrick in Ottawa

Cell: 250-240-2343                                                                           Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968

Email: GTTWest2015@gmail.com                                             Email: gttprogram@gmail.com

Reminder first ever GTT meeting in Toronto this week!

This is just a reminder that was posted in August.

I am very excited about GTT starting in Toronto.

Just a reminder too that if anyone is interested in starting a GTT and wants any assistance, contact Kim at

gttprogram@gmail.com

or

1-877-304-0968

See below for an exciting notice about GTT starting up in Toronto. I was honoured to be part of that first conference call to plan logistics. There was so much energy and collaboration on that call. It is wonderful that so many groups and organizations are collaborating to make this happen. This was the case when we started up here in Ottawa. CCB, CNIB, AEBC, and other groups are all joining together to work on this. Thank you to you all and I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures. Hey Toronto, we’re Getting Together with Technology!A couple of years ago, CCB (Canadian Counsel of the Blind) partnered with Kim Kilpatrick and a program called Get Together with Technology (GTT), to encourage those who use adaptive technology – and those who would like to know more – to get together and share their knowledge. The result is that GTT groups have sprung up in CCB Chapters across the country, meeting regularly to talk and learn about the technological tools that can enable independence and help build confidence. We are pleased to announce that we are forming a GTT group here in Toronto!

Topics can range from relatively low-tech devices such as colour identifiers and Talking Book players, to tips on how to get the most out of your computer or the latest smart phone, and anything in between! GTT groups are self-directed, discussing topics brought to the group by group members. 

And don’t worry if you are not ‘tech savvy’. The idea of a GTT group is that those with some knowledge will share that knowledge with the rest of the group.  

There are 3 things you can do to get connected to this incredibly powerful resource:

1. Come to our first meeting! Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 6-8 PM at the CNIB national office at 1929 Bayview Avenue. The topic for the first meeting will consist of participant introductions, and what you hope to get out of participation in a GTT Group.  The rest of the meeting will consist of a brainstorming session to generate specific topics for future meetings, and to rank these, setting a schedule of topics for the next few meetings. Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month between September and June. For more information, you can send an email to gtt.toronto@gmail.com.

2. You can subscribe to the GTT blog, a wealth of information about various technologies, with detailed descriptions on how to make the most of them. To get information about upcoming GTT meetings and conference calls as well as meeting notes and resources, please subscribe to the GTT blog. To register, visit the web page below. Look near the bottom of the page for a heading called, “Follow “GTT Program blog and resources” and leave your email address in the edit field below that heading. You will receive an email message asking you to confirm that you wish to be subscribed, and clicking on the “confirmation” link in that message will complete the process. https://gttprogram.wordpress.com/ Or you can follow GTT on Twitter @gttprogram.

3. The GTT group run by the National Get Together with Technology coordinator, Kim Kilpatrick, offers a national conference call-in once a month. If you’d like to participate in this conference call, please contact Kim by email at gtt@ccbnational.net or by calling her through CCB National Office’s toll free line at 1-877-304-0968 for full details on how to call in to the conference. So get connected! Get together with Technology! And make the most of the powerful tools that can open up your world.

Reminder: Upcoming first ever GTT meeting in Toronto! 

This is just a reminder that was posted in August.

I am very excited about GTT starting in Toronto.

Just a reminder too that if anyone is interested in starting a GTT and wants any assistance, contact Kim at

gttprogram@gmail.com

or

1-877-304-0968

See below for an exciting notice about GTT starting up in Toronto. I was honoured to be part of that first conference call to plan logistics. There was so much energy and collaboration on that call. It is wonderful that so many groups and organizations are collaborating to make this happen. This was the case when we started up here in Ottawa. CCB, CNIB, AEBC, and other groups are all joining together to work on this. Thank you to you all and I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures. Hey Toronto, we’re Getting Together with Technology!A couple of years ago, CCB (Canadian Counsel of the Blind) partnered with Kim Kilpatrick and a program called Get Together with Technology (GTT), to encourage those who use adaptive technology – and those who would like to know more – to get together and share their knowledge. The result is that GTT groups have sprung up in CCB Chapters across the country, meeting regularly to talk and learn about the technological tools that can enable independence and help build confidence. We are pleased to announce that we are forming a GTT group here in Toronto!

Topics can range from relatively low-tech devices such as colour identifiers and Talking Book players, to tips on how to get the most out of your computer or the latest smart phone, and anything in between! GTT groups are self-directed, discussing topics brought to the group by group members. 

And don’t worry if you are not ‘tech savvy’. The idea of a GTT group is that those with some knowledge will share that knowledge with the rest of the group.  

There are 3 things you can do to get connected to this incredibly powerful resource:

1. Come to our first meeting! Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17th from 6-8 PM at the CNIB national office at 1929 Bayview Avenue. The topic for the first meeting will consist of participant introductions, and what you hope to get out of participation in a GTT Group.  The rest of the meeting will consist of a brainstorming session to generate specific topics for future meetings, and to rank these, setting a schedule of topics for the next few meetings. Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month between September and June. For more information, you can send an email to gtt.toronto@gmail.com.

2. You can subscribe to the GTT blog, a wealth of information about various technologies, with detailed descriptions on how to make the most of them. To get information about upcoming GTT meetings and conference calls as well as meeting notes and resources, please subscribe to the GTT blog. To register, visit the web page below. Look near the bottom of the page for a heading called, “Follow “GTT Program blog and resources” and leave your email address in the edit field below that heading. You will receive an email message asking you to confirm that you wish to be subscribed, and clicking on the “confirmation” link in that message will complete the process. https://gttprogram.wordpress.com/ Or you can follow GTT on Twitter @gttprogram.

3. The GTT group run by the National Get Together with Technology coordinator, Kim Kilpatrick, offers a national conference call-in once a month. If you’d like to participate in this conference call, please contact Kim by email at gtt@ccbnational.net or by calling her through CCB National Office’s toll free line at 1-877-304-0968 for full details on how to call in to the conference. So get connected! Get together with Technology! And make the most of the powerful tools that can open up your world.

Subscribing to the GTT blog.

Hello everyone, 
It is a very good thing that our GTT email list has grown and grown. 
It is also an excellent thing that we have started regular day time GTT meetings and conference call meetings. 
It is also wonderful that GTT groups are springing up across Canada. 
The only down side of this is that the email list is growing too big and many emails are going into spam folders. 
It is also taking me an increasingly longer time to send emails. 
So, I have set up a GTT blog at wordpress. 
When you follow the blog, you will get the text of each blog entry sent directly to your email address. 
This is a much more efficient way of delivering GTT information. 
It will also allow you to send me information to be posted to the blog. 
Subscribing is easy. 
But, if you are nervous and wish me to subscribe you, please send me an email at 
gttprogram@rogers.com 
Here are the steps to subscribe. 
Go to 
https://gttprogram.wordpress.com 
Find the button that says follow. 

It is located near the bottom of the page.

If you are a screen reader user, make a links list and press F for follow.

Find the edit box for putting an email address in. 
You will then get an email with a link to click confirming your subscription. 
Click on it and you are done. 
You will receive every GTT post in your mail in the body of an email message. 
If you prefer, you can use the above link to check the blog periodically for new posts without subscribing. 
Thank you so much for doing this. 
It makes things much easier for me and for us all in the long run. 
TAKE care. 
Kim 

Kim Kilpatrick
Coordinator GTT Program
gttprogram@rogers.com 
twitter @gttprogram

Upcoming GTT conference calls.

Hello everyone.

See exciting new conference calls below for GTT in December of 2014.

We were so excited to have so many people be interested in GTT in November of 2014.

We had close to 30 people participate by phone and we thank Gerry Chevalier for so ably demonstrating direct to player CNIB downloads on the new Victor Stream.


If anyone missed this and wants to have another conference call for this, please let me know at 

Stay tuned for much more information, on GTt meetings, minutes, etc.
 

Get Together with Technology Teleconference Meetings

 

You’re invited to 2 December 2014 National conference call GTT meetings:

 

You can participate by phone from wherever you are.

 

We are excited to have Steve Barclay, COO of Aroga Technologies from Vancouver lead us in two presentations on the “Direct to Player” audio book downloading features of the Plextalk Linio, as well as the Blaze EZ DAISY players.

 

Your local Public Library, through partnership with the CNIB Library offers a digital audio book lending service called Direct to Player. This service allows delivery of the book directly to a compatible digital book player without needing to first download the book to a computer, or wait for the CD to arrive in the mail. CCB’s GTT Program will host two teleconference calls where you will learn more about the Direct to Player service and how you can take advantage of it with these devices.  

 

GTT will host these two presentations in December, with the first one at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on December 8 to discuss the Plextalk desktop and portable units.  

 

At 5:00 PM Pacific Time on December 17 we will host the second Aroga presentation to illustrate the features of the newest Direct to Player portable device to make its way to the market, the Blaze EZ.  

 

Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served bases, so please RSVP quickly to Kim Kilpatrick at the number or email below.  The call-in number and instructions will be provided to those who register for the call.  

 

Kim Kilpatrick, GTT Coordinator

gttprogram@rogers.com

1-877-304-0968

 

Presentation #1: Plextalk Linio Direct To Player Features

Date: December 8, 2014

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM Pacific Time

 

Presentation #2: Blaze EZ Direct To Player and OCR Features

Date: December 17, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM Pacific Time

 
Kim Kilpatrick
GTT Coordinator

Canadian Council of the Blind
20 James Street, Suite 100
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0T6
1-613-567-0311
1-877-304-0968 Toll-free
Twitter @gttprogram