British Columbia Voters: Vision Accessibility Related to the BC Province-wide Referendum on Proportional Representation

A referendum on which voting system British Columbia should use for provincial elections is being held between October 22 and November 30, 2018.

Registered voters will receive a voting package in the mail between October 22 and November 2. If you do not receive a voting package or are not currently

a registered voter, you can ask for one from Elections BC, a Referendum Service Office or a Service BC location by November 23.

For this referendum, voters who read braille can request a braille template package and ballot question to be used when completing the mail-in voting package.

 

Please call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 to request a braille template and ballot question, or if you

have any questions regarding voting in the referendum. Information on the voting systems featured in

the referendum can also be found at

elections.bc.ca.

 

From: Posey, Daniel EBC:EX [mailto:Daniel.Posey@elections.bc.ca]
Sent: October-16-18 2:36 PM
To: ‘Betty nobel’ <bnobel@shaw.ca>
Subject: Voice Blast Message

 

Hi Betty,

 

As we discussed this morning I have attached the text Elections BC supplied to the CNIB for a province-wide VoiceBlast. This information can be shared with the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, and the Canadian Federation of the Blind, Pacific Training Centre for the Blind to help reach as many British Columbians as possible.

 

Thank you,

 

Daniel Posey

Analyst, Executive Services

Elections BC

Phone: 778-974-3306

Toll-free: 1-800-661-8683/TTY 1-888-456-5448

Location: Suite 100-1112 Fort St, Victoria

Email: Daniel.Posey@elections.bc.ca

Website: www.elections.bc.ca

 

 

GTT Duncan Meeting Invitation, How to Scan and Read Printed Information, November 8, 2018

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Duncan

 

An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind,

in Partnership with the

Vancouver Island Regional Library, N. Cowichan Branch

 

Theme: How to Scan and Read Printed Information

Date:  November 8, 2018

Time:  4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: Vancouver Island Regional Library, N. Cowichan Branch

2687 James Street Duncan BC

 

First Hour:

Albert Ruel will demonstrate some of the low-cost methods for scanning printed material on the computer and/or the smart phone so it can be magvified or read out loud.

Second Hour:

The Library is still holding several audio books free for the taking, so bring along a shopping bag with which to take books home.  Also, bring those assistive gadgets you’re having trouble with and we’ll see if others in the group can assist in learning how to best use them.

 

For More Information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or by email at Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

 

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

 

Revised: GTT Victoria Meeting Agenda, Frontier Computing and Asking For Help, November 7, 2018

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Victoria

 

A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind

in Partnership with

The Greater Victoria Public Library

 

Theme: Frontier Computing and Asking for Help

*Note: Sorry about this revision, however thanks to Corry Stuive I was alerted to a decision made at the October GTT meeting.  Below is a revised outline of what the 2nd hour will look like.

 

Date: November 7, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Community Room, GVPL, Main Branch 735 Broughton St

 

First Hour:

Stephen Ricci from Toronto will be in Victoria and will drop in to give GTT Victoria a peek at the offerings from Frontier Computing.  If you have any questions on low vision or blindness assistive technology, Stephen will be able to answer them for you.

Second Hour:

During the second hour Albert Ruel and Tom Dekker will lead the group in discussion about the strategies we all employ when asking for the help we need at home, work or while in the community, especially in this highly technologically advance time.  Is help from another human our first choice, or are we switching to the many assistive devices available to us now?

 

For More Information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email us at GTT.Victoria@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

GTT Victoria Meeting Invitation, Frontier Computing and Accessible Referendum Voting, November 7, 2018

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Victoria

 

A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind

in Partnership with

The Greater Victoria Public Library

 

Theme: Frontier Computing and Accessible Voting in the BC Referendum

 

Date: November 7, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Community Room, GVPL, Main Branch 735 Broughton St

 

First Hour:

Stephen Ricci will be in Victoria from Toronto and will drop in to give GTT Victoria a peek at the offerings from Frontier Computing.  If you have any questions on low vision or blindness assistive technology, Stephen will be able to answer them for you.

Second Hour:

During the second hour Corry Stuive, Albert Ruel and Tom Dekker will lead the group in discussion about the current BC Referendum and how blind voters can request Braille Templates.  Of course, we will also talk about any other assistive tech topic participants want to raise.  Please bring to the meeting all your other assistive technology questions, nuggets and frustrations for discussion with the group.

 

For More Information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email us at GTT.Victoria@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

 

Re-Blog: Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

Hi GTT Participants.  Have any of you tried to use Self-Help Checkout Kiosks? Is this something for the Accessible Canada Act?

Advisen Canada Front Page News

advisen.com

 

Advisen Canada Front Page News

4-5 minutes

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Oct. 29–Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with

Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

 

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also claims that an employee at the Walmart in Owings Mills allegedly attempted to take money from

one of the plaintiffs while she was checking out at the store.

 

The suit claims that a staff member at the Owings Mills store on Reisterstown Road was assisting Cynthia Morales with a purchase at a self-checkout kiosk

in July 2017 when the employee selected an option for cash back from her debit card and took $40 without her knowledge.

 

“It’s important for blind people to be able to use the machines independently … so that people are not stealing from us,” Morales, a Parkville resident,

said in an interview. “We should be treated like everybody else — when we come into the store we would like to check out at the self-checkout quickly

just like everybody else, and I know that the technology is out there.”

 

In addition to Morales, other plaintiffs include Linwood Boyd, a Pikesville resident who was shopping with Morales when the alleged incident occurred;

Baltimore resident Melissa Sheeder; the National Federation of the Blind Inc. and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland.

 

The plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction that would require Walmart to make its self-service kiosks throughout the U.S. accessible to blind customers;

a declaration that Walmart has been violating the ADA; and court costs and attorneys’ fees.

 

According to the suit, Morales and Boyd were checking out at a self-service kiosk when Morales handed an employee her debit card and instructed the employee

to enter her pin number on the keypad. She expected to pay about $80 for her items, according to the suit. During the transaction, the screen prompted

the users to take money from the machine, the suit claims. When Morales and Boyd left the store, they asked a bystander to read the receipt and realized

Morales was charged about $120.

 

They re-entered the store and called police, and the $40 was ultimately returned, according to the complaint.

 

“Money was stolen from one of our members and certainly we deplore that,” said Chris Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind.

 

Danielsen said that even without the incident at Owings Mills, it’s “unacceptable” that sight-impaired patrons can’t serve themselves. “The technology

exists for Walmart and other entities that are using these kind of self-service kiosks,” he said.

 

Sheeder claims in the suit that she shops at Walmart at least once a week, and she and a friend attempted to use a self-checkout kiosk in July 2018. When

they were unable to operate it, they were directed to a full-service checkout lane, where they had to wait in line.

 

“We don’t tolerate discrimination, and we believe our checkout procedures comply with applicable law,” Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, said in

an emailed statement late Friday. “When we learned of this specific situation with Ms. Morales, we looked into the matter and as a result, the associate

is no longer with the company. We take this matter seriously and will respond as appropriate with the court.”

 

Danielsen said he’s not aware of any large retailers that incorporate self-checkout kiosks that are fully accessible to blind people, but he pointed to

self-service software for machines such as ATMs, Amtrak ticket booths and taxicabs that allow blind people to operate the devices independently.

 

“We know that it’s possible to make a self-checkout kiosk accessible. It just has to be thought of at the design stage,” said Jessica P. Weber, an attorney

who is part of a team from the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy representing the plaintiffs. The lawsuit says the National Federation of the Blind

attempted to work with Walmart to address problems with the kiosks prior to filing suit.

 

“The civil rights of blind people can’t wait indefinitely and so we’re going to forge ahead,” Weber said.

 

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CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Meet the Talking First Aid Kit, October 29, 2018

October 29 2018

Meet the Talking First Aid Kit

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about the Talking First Aid Kit

 

Meet the Talking First Aid Kit

Carl Augusto of theAmerican Foundation for the Blind Blogposted the following about this great product.

I think it’s always important to keep safety in mind, so I thought I’d let you know about a new product from intelligentFirstAidT, the First Aid “talking” Kit. The Kit includes nine injury-specific packs to help treat common injuries, including Bleeding, Head & Spine Injury, and Shock. The packs are individually labeled and color-coded, which I love because it would help someone with low vision easily distinguish the packs. The best part, though, is that with the pressof a button, the audio component attached to each card provides step-by-step instructions to manage the wound. Situations often become chaotic when a loved one, an acquaintance, or even you,experiences a minor injury. With this tool, people with low vision can remain calm and have an idea of how to handle things without worrying about reading any print.

Check out the intelli gent FirstAidT website to purchase the product or get more information:

http://www.intelligentfirstaid.com/index.php

The site even allows you to listen to a sample of the audio component of the kit.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna

 

 

GTT Nanaimo Meeting Invitation, General Tech Discussion, October 27, 2018

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Nanaimo

 

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind 

Vancouver Island Regional Library, and 

No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired (NOVI)

 

Please share this announcement widely to anyone you think will benefit from our collective knowledge.  

 

Theme: General Assistive Tech Discussion 

Where: 

VIRL Downtown Branch, 90 Commercial St Nanaimo 

Date:

October 27, 2018

Time: 

10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon

First Hour:

Albert Ruel will facilitat6e a general discussion about any assistive technology people want to talk about, share or grumble over.  

Second Hour:

During the second hour we will continue discussing anything participants want to bring up in the area of assistive technology, like “things to do” with Google Home and the potential of hosting a beginner’s Braille Course in Nanaimo.  Bring to the meeting all your other assistive technology questions, nuggets and frustrations for discussion with the group.  

To RSVP, or for more information: Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net. 

Check for other meetings on the GTTProgram Blog:

www.GTTProgram.Wordpress.com

Backgrounder

 

NOVI Social and Recreational Organization, and the Get Together with Technology group come together to serve the peer mentoring, assistive technology and daily living skills development needs of Nanaimo and area residents.  

 

Since 2001 the Nanaimo Organization of the Vision Impaired (NOVI) has served the social and recreational needs of Nanaimo residents, and recently this group altered its name to better reflect the dynamic nature of their brand of mutual support and forward thinking ideas and activities.  It is now known as “No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired” (NOVI), and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the 710 Club from 1:30 until 3:30 PM 

 

Since 2013 Get Together with Technology (GTT), a program of the Canadian Council of the Blind, has been meeting monthly in Nanaimo to provide opportunities for blind and partially sighted residents to learn more about the assistive technology so prevalent in our lives as we attempt to level the playing field in education, social interaction, recreation and independent living.  

 

These two groups have embarked on an amalgamation of their efforts while expanding their support to the blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted residents of the Nanaimo and Parksville areas.  In order to facilitate this collaboration GTT has moved its meetings to align with the Tuesday NOVI gatherings so the two organizations can consolidate their human resources that more and better support may be delivered.  

 

ü 1st Tuesday from 1:30 until 3:30 PM, NOVI Social/recreational gathering in Nanaimo lead by Henk Pauelsen. 

 

Forth Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12 Noon, GTT Nanaimo and NOVI members will meet at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Downtown Branch, 90 Commercial Street to discuss access to information issues, assistive technology and anything pertaining to living with, and adjusting to vision loss.  VIRL staff also participate in these Saturday morningmeetings to provide information about services and supports available through the Public Library system.  

 

NOVI and GTT will retain their independent organizational structures and membership dues, however will work in collaboration on local social activities, learning independence skills and peer mentoring endeavours.  

 

For more information please contact:

 

NOVI:

Henk Pauelsen at 250-586-6285 or NOVI-Group@Shaw.ca

Living Without Looking/Independent Living Skills: 

Donna Hudon at 250-618-0010 or IAmDonnaHudon@Gmail.com

GTT: 

Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343 or GTTWest@CCBNational.nett

 

 

Next GTT Atlantic meeting invitation October 24 2018 all about home renovations, building and fixing.

You are invited to the next GTT Atlantic Teleconference call.

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

When: Wednesday October 24 2018 7 Pm Atlantic time 7:30 in Newfoundland

Where: Teleconference 1-866-740-1260

Passcode: 5670311

Topic:

At our meeting in September, the participants wanted to discuss how we fix, construct, and build things around the house.

THis will be an open discussion so come and share your tips and tricks.

For more information call Kim at 1-877-304-0968

or

gttprogram@gmail.com

Invitation next GTT Ottawa meeting October 29 2018 6-8 PM Aira, Orbit, beacons and more.

Sponsored by the CAnadian Council of the BLind (CCB)

Our next Ottawa GTT meeting will take place On Monday October 29.

Location: CCB National Office 20 James street

Time: 6-8 Pm

Topics:

Kim will demonstrate the AIRA app, also a new version of the Orbit reader braille display, talk of beacons in local places, and more.

Bring your tech, your questions, and your curiosity.

For more information,

(613) 5670311

Gttprogram@gmail.com

CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, A scam alert, October 22, 2018

October 22 2018

A scam alert

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my scam alert.

 

A scam alert

A phone call asking you to verify your credit card details.

 

This is probably one of the most common types of phone scams and no one can never be reminded too many times as it is so very easy to believe these types of requests.

 

The one thing to remember is that these types of phone calls usually come in the form of voice recordings.  You will probably never receive this type of call with a live person at the other end.

 

Here are some facts for you to keep in mind.

You are told that your credit rating needs to be updated.

You are presented with a list of options to choose from.

You are asked to verify the type of credit card that you presently own.

You are asked to give your credit card number either by entering it using your phone’s keypad or by speaking it.

You are asked to give the 3 digit security code at the back of the card either by entering it on your phone’s keypad or by speaking it.

You are asked for your date of birth and given the choice of either entering it on your phone’s keypad or by speaking it.

 

Do not respond to this!

Hang up immediately.

 

What happens if you fall into this trap and provide information that is being requested?

Well!  Much sooner than later your credit card will be hijacked and before you know it someone will be using it to make unauthorized purchases.

 

That’s it from me for this week.

If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-recipes.html

Audio mysteries for all ages –

http://www.donnajodhan.com/library-audio-mysteries.html

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.

Now you  can subscribe to “‘Let’s Talk Tips”‘ which is my monthly resource for the most current and reliable

informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,

Business, and Advocacy.

http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe

 

To contact me, send me an email at info@sterlingcreations.ca and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.

Donna