Survey: Canadian Human Rights Commission, Monitoring the CRPD: Your feedback matters / Surveillance du respect de la CDPH : votre opinion compte

 

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Dear colleagues, friends, and fellow human rights advocates,

We hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this time.

In recent months, the COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to navigate our way through unprecedented circumstances. We now know that the pandemic, and the measures put in place around it, continue to have disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, on people living in vulnerable circumstances, and on many people with disabilities in Canada. In many cases, the pandemic is exposing and amplifying pre-existing inequalities and barriers that have long existed in our society.

This is why it is imperative that human rights not be forgotten or ignored during this challenging time. As our country begins to reset, this is the time to press forward together for human rights and innovate for equality. We must continue to be vigilant, and to stay connected and attentive to the voices of people with disabilities across the country.

One way we hope to do this is by inviting you to help shape how the Canadian Human Rights Commission will monitor the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

As you know, the Commission is an independent body separate from the Government of Canada. As Canada’s human rights watchdog, we have a responsibility to both promote and protect human rights.

As a part of that role, the Commission was recently given a new responsibility to monitor the implementation of the CRPD here in Canada.

In order to do this, we would like to engage with diverse rights holders across Canada to hear your lived experiences and opinions on this important topic.

Your feedback matters. In fact, it will be invaluable to helping Canada better protect the rights of people with disabilities.

We therefore invite you to spend 15-30 minutes completing our online survey. In doing so, you will be able to provide us with your input, as well as learn more about the CRPD and the Commission’s role in monitoring it.

Understanding that many of you are balancing multiple priorities and responsibilities at this time, we will keep the survey open for an extended period of time. We want to ensure that participants have an opportunity to participate in this initiative in a manner that is most appropriate and convenient to you, so that we are able to hear from as many individuals as possible.

If you have any questions or comments specifically about this engagement, or wish to obtain a paper copy of the online survey, please reach out to: survey@chrc2020-ccdp2020.ca.

If you have other questions about this initiative or the Canadian Human Rights Commission itself, please do not hesitate to contact Tabatha Tranquilla, our Director of Policy, Research and International, at tabatha.tranquilla@chrc-ccdp.gc.ca.

We invite you to share this initiative with your networks and/or with anyone you think may be interested.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. Your input will help protect the rights of people with disabilities across Canada.

Take care, stay safe, and remember — we are all in this together.

Best regards,

Marie-Claude Landry
Chief Commissioner
Canadian Human Rights Commission

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Collègues, amis et défenseurs des droits de la personne,

Nous espérons que vous et vos proches êtes en sécurité et que vous vous portez bien dans les circonstances.

Depuis quelques mois, la crise de la COVID-19 nous force à trouver des moyens de poursuivre notre vie malgré les circonstances sans précédent. Nous savons que la pandémie et les mesures mises en place pour la combattre ont des répercussions disproportionnées pour les communautés marginalisées, pour les personnes en situation de vulnérabilité et pour de nombreuses personnes handicapées au Canada. Pour beaucoup, la pandémie met en évidence et accentue les inégalités et les obstacles auxquels ces personnes étaient déjà confrontées, et qui sont présents dans la société depuis longtemps.

Les temps difficiles que nous vivons met en lumière l’importance capitale des droits de la personne et le fait qu’il est impératif qu’ils ne soient pas être oubliés ou ignorés. Alors que le Canada redémarre, et que nous devons nous réinventer à plusieurs égards, nous devons saisir l’occasion et poursuivre, ensemble, nos efforts afin de faire avancer les droits de la personne et faire preuve d’innovation et de créativité afin d’atteindre l’égalité. Nous devons demeurer vigilants et rester en contact et attentifs aux voix des personnes handicapées de partout au Canada.

Nous espérons y parvenir notamment en vous invitant à nous aider à concevoir la façon dont la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne surveillera la mise en œuvre et l’application de la Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits de personnes handicapées (CDPH).

Comme vous le savez, la Commission mène ses activités indépendamment du gouvernement. À titre d’organisme national de surveillance des droits de la personne au Canada, elle est responsable à la fois de promouvoir et de protéger les droits de la personne.

C’est dans ce rôle que la Commission s’est récemment vu confier de nouvelles responsabilités dont celle d’assurer le suivi de la mise en œuvre de la CDPH au Canada.

Pour ce faire, nous tenons à ouvrir la conversation avec vous de partout au Canada qui êtes titulaires de ces droits, et ce, afin de connaître vos expériences et vos opinions sur cet important sujet.

Votre participation est importante. En effet, votre contribution est essentielle pour aider à faire progresser les droits des personnes handicapées au Canada.

Nous vous invitons donc à prendre de 15 à 30 minutes pour remplir notre sondage en ligne. Ce sondage vous permettra de nous fournir vos commentaires et votre point de vue. Il vous permettra également d’en apprendre davantage à propos de la CDPH et du rôle que jouera la Commission dans le suivi de sa mise en œuvre.

Puisque nous comprenons que beaucoup d’entre vous doivent actuellement jongler avec de multiples priorités et de multiples responsabilités, nous allons prolonger la période de sondage. Nous tenons à nous assurer que tous aient l’occasion de participer à cette initiative de la façon qui vous convient le mieux et au moment qui vous est le plus opportun afin de recevoir les réponses d’autant de personnes que possible.

Si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires à propos des responsabilités qui nous ont été attribuées, ou si vous voulez obtenir une copie papier du sondage, veuillez envoyer votre demande à l’adresse suivante : survey@chrc2020-ccdp2020.ca.

Si vous avez des questions à propos de cette initiative ou à propos de la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne, n’hésitez pas à contacter Tabatha Tranquilla, directrice de la Division des politiques, de la recherche et des affaires internationales : tabatha.tranquilla@chrc-ccdp.gc.ca.

Nous vous invitons à partager cette invitation aux personnes de votre réseau et à l’envoyer à toutes autres personnes que ça pourrait intéresser.

Nous vous remercions de prendre le temps de compléter le sondage. Votre participation contribuera à protéger les droits des personnes handicapées partout au Canada.

Portez-vous bien, restez en sécurité et n’oubliez pas — nous vivons cette épreuve ensemble.

Marie-Claude Landry
Présidente
Commission canadienne des droits de la personne

CHRC – CCDP
344 Slater S.1001
Ottawa Ontario K1A1E1
Canada

 

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Office Searching the Help Database, June 10, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Microsoft Office – Searching the Help Database
When you are in any Office app such as Word, Excel, Power Point, or Outlook you can search that app’s Help database.
• Press F1 to open the Help Search pane.
• Type a topic or question into the search box. For example, in Excel, you might type “how to insert rows” without the quotes.
• As you type your search text, matching search results will appear in a list. You can arrow up and down the list to find the topic that you want, and press Enter.
• Then you can press TAB to find links to more specific information on the selected topic,
• Press Enter to activate the link and open the corresponding Help article which can then be read as a web page.
• Press Shift+F6 to go back to your document pane and F6 from there to return to the Help pane.
That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

Resource: This App Helps Deaf, Blind People Access TV Programming and Emergency Alert

Here’s an interesting piece from CoolBlindTech to serve TV watchers who are deaf-blind.

This App Helps Deaf, Blind People Access TV Programming and Emergency Alert

JUNE 8, 2020 3:31 AM

The DiCapta Foundation, an organization that’s part of the University of Central Florida’s Incubator, created an app to help the blind-deaf community tune into television.

Maria Diaz, a board member for the nonprofit, said she helped start the foundation and created GoCC4All to help the deaf-blind community.

Find the entire article at the below link:

https://coolblindtech.com/this-app-helps-deaf-blind-people-access-tv-programming-and-emergency-alerts/

 

 

Personal Power; The iOS Edition, Getting the Most From iOS as a Blind User by Michael Feir

Hi all.  Here is an important resource for GTT participants who want to learn more about their iOS devices.

Personal Power; The iOS Edition

Getting the Most From iOS as a Blind User

by Michael Feir

Copyright 2016-2020 By Michael Feir

This guide may be distributed freely in unaltered form. It may be altered in order to make the information more accessible to people with disabilities.

Here is a link to it:

https://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/2020/04/personal-power-ios-edition.html?m=1

 

CCB-GTT Windows from the Keyboard Tips Summary Notes, Recycle Bin, External Drives, June 3, 2020, with a Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

June 3, 2020

Theme: Windows Recycle Bin and Using External Media, use this link to access the CCB Podcast Episode.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this 20 minute 6th episode of the Windows from the Keyboard series, Gerry discusses how to configure the Windows Recycle Bin to make it easier to use with the keyboard. He also explains how to restore a file from the Recycle Bin that may have been deleted accidentally. In addition to the Recycle Bin, Gerry discusses using external media with an explanation of how to configure the Windows AutoPlay feature and how to safely remove external media from the computer.

For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators/Trainers:

Kim Kilpatrick 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 513

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

Albert Ruel 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

David Green 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 509

AccessibilityTraining7@Gmail.com

CCB-GTT 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™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa 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.

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

 

CCB-GTT Windows From The Keyboard Tips Summary Notes, File Explorer, May 27, 2020, with a Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

May 27, 2020

Theme: Windows File Explorer, use this link to access the CCB Podcast Episode.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this 32 minute 5th episode of the Windows From the Keyboard series, Gerry provides a short story describing a paper file system as an analogy of managing folders an files on the computer. He then suggests File Explorer app View settings and folder options that are useful for keyboard users. Gerry then describes basic File Explorer tasks including: folder navigation, first letter navigation, selecting contiguous and non-contiguous files, copying/pasting files, creating subfolders, deleting folders/files, and renaming folders/files.

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™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa 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.

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

 

Canadians with disabilities to receive one-time payment of up to $600: Global News

Canadians with disabilities to receive one-time payment of up to $600:

Published Friday, June 5, 2020 9:46AM EDT

Last Updated Friday, June 5, 2020 12:09PM EDT

OTTAWA — Canadians with disabilities will be sent a one-time tax-free payment of up to $600, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced, in an effort to help offset the financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new financial aid will go to all who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, as of June 1.

Canadians who have a valid certificate for the Disability Tax Credit will receive $600. Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension will receive $300. Canadians who are eligible for both of these programs and are also eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will be receiving $100.

The government says that because of the special one-time payments going to seniors, the amount seniors with disabilities will receive through this stream will be less, but in the end will total the same amount of $600.

“People who are eligible for this special payment will receive it automatically,” the federal government has announced, meaning that eligible recipients of these new one-time payments will not need to apply. However, as announced with the seniors funding on Thursday, it could be weeks before the money lands in the hands of those eligible.

For those who are eligible and under the age of 18, the special payment will be sent to their primary caregiver and in cases of shared custody, each parent will receive $300.

Some Canadians with disabilities have been watching the various announcements for students, seniors, and other targeted demographics and have been left wondering why they appeared to have fallen through the cracks.

For many already living on a low income, they are facing more expenses due to the pandemic, such as increased costs for personal support workers, grocery delivery fees and prescription drug dispensing fees.

The government estimates that 1.2 million Canadians will be eligible for this one-time top-up. Among working-age Canadians with disabilities, more than 1.5 million are unemployed or out of the labour market entirely.

NEW ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAMS

In addition to the one-time payments, the federal government is launching two new accessibility-focused programs.

One, focused on national workplace accessibility, will see $15 million go to community organizations to develop programs and expand current training opportunities to help Canadians with disabilities adapt to the realities of COVID-19, including helping set up effective work-from-home arrangements and training for in-demand jobs.

The second is a $1.8 million fund being shared between five projects to develop accessible technology such as accessible payment terminals for individuals with sight loss; arm supports that will allow Canadians with disabilities to use standard technology; systems to allow Canadians with neurological conditions to interact with technology for a longer period of time; and to develop software to expand expression and voice recognition.

Trudeau said that Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough will have more to say about these new plans later in the day.

More to come

 

CCB-GTT Windows From The Keyboard Tips Summary Notes, Navigating and Selecting Text, May 20, 2020, with a Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

May 20, 2020

Theme: Navigating and Selecting Text in Word and Outlook, use this link for the CCB Podcast Episode.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this 4th episode of the Windows From the Keyboard series, Gerry demonstrates how to navigate text using the keyboard in Word and Outlook emails although many of the keystrokes apply to other Windows apps. In addition to navigating, Gerry discusses how to combine the Shift key with the navigation keys to select the text as you navigate. At the end of the episode Gerry comments on the Shift+F3 keystroke to change the case of selected text.

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™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa 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.

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

 

CCB-GTT Windows From The Keyboard Tips Summary Notes, Task Bar, May 13, 2020, with a Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

May 13, 2020

Theme: Task Bar, use this link for the CCB Podcast Episode.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this third episode of Using Windows From the Keyboard, Gerry, without touching the mouse, shows how to navigate the Windows Task Bar, how to use Jump Lists, and how to pin icons to the Task Bar. He also illustrates useful keyboard shortcuts such as Windows Key plus number row keys to jump to specific Task Bar icons and Windows Key plus ALT Plus number row keys to open the Jump List for specific Task Bar icons. The podcast concludes with a description of the Windows Run dialogue.

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™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa 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.

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

 

 

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Office Back Stage View, June 3, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Microsoft Office – Document Backstage View
The Backstage view is a useful interface to explore and use for keyboard users.
When you launch Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, or Power Point via a desktop icon or from the Start menu you are placed in the Backstage view. The Backstage view replaces the File menu on older versions of Office. You may also reach the Backstage view by pressing Alt+F. Backstage view has a list of categories that allow you to open or save documents, print documents, export documents to other formats such as PDF or HTML, manipulate the current document’s properties, and more. You select the Backstage category from a list of categories using Up/Down arrows. For each category, there are different controls which you can explore with Tab or Shift+Tab.
For example, the Open category allows you to reopen a document from a list of recent documents or, if you press Down arrow on the Recent tab, you will find other sources for documents such as OneDrive, This PC,and a Browse button. The Browse button will launch the usual Open File Dialogue.
The Info category allows you to protect/unprotect a file, add a security password to a file, or add title or author attributes, add search keywords, and more. Note that adding a document title in the Backstage view is especially useful if you plan to save the document in html format for later inclusion as a web page. The document title will then become the web page title when you save the Word document as an HTML document.
Although the Backstage view is completely Accessible, sometimes it just gets in the way. You may just want to open MS Word and start a new blank document. You can exit the backstage view and return to the document window by pressing Escape. For example, to start a new MS Word document simply launch Word, then press Escape to exit the Backstage view and you will be in a blank document Window. Type your document and then press F12 to save it.
That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

GTT National Conference Call Summary Notes, CELA Library Update May 13, 2020 with Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

May 13, 2020

Theme: CELA Library Update, use this link for the CCB Podcast Episode.

Presenters: Rina Hadziev, Executive Director, CELA Library, assisted by her library service team.

Rina.hadziev@celalibrary.ca

In this regular monthly CCB-GTT National Zoom session guest, Rina Hadziev, provides a brief overview of her background and interests. Rina then gives a talk on the status of the CELA web site and services as of May 13, 2020. Rina explains that the CELA platform will continue to be updated with missing features from the old system such as personal search preferences. She also mentions exciting new functionality that will come soon resulting from the Marrakesh Treaty such as integration of NLS books from the United States into the CELA collection. Also, Rina informed us of another CELA project that will provide the ability to search and obtain books from within Voice Dream, Dolphin EasyReader, and Humanware devices eliminating the need to search for books using a computer or smartphone browser. The podcast comprises a 24 minute presentation by Rina followed by 42 minutes of Q&A.

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™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa 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.

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

 

CCB-GTT Open Chat Summary Notes, Typio Online Typing Tutorial Session, May 8, 2020 with Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

Theme: CCB-GTT Open Chat, Typio Online Typing Tutorial Session, May 8, 2020, follow this link to the CCB Podcast episode.

Canadian Assistive Technologies Ltd

Steve Barclay (Sales and Admin)

steve@canasstech.com provided a demo of the Typio Online typing tutorial.

Canadian Assistive Technology and its team have been involved in the Assistive Technology sector for over 28 years. We strive to bring expertise, empathy, and service to our customers while delivering all the Accessibility tools they need in order to be successful in the workplace or engage in their favorite activities in the home.

DON’T BE A STRANGER! TALK TO US!

Please feel free to contact us by any means if you have any questions about what products might help you, any support issues, inquiries about loan devices, or our training and consultation services.

We are huge Assistive Technology geeks, so we LOVE talking about anything and everything it! Plus, we’re lonely — so reach out and say “hi”!

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For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators/Trainers:

Kim Kilpatrick 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 513

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

Albert Ruel 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

albert.GTT@CCBNational.net

David Green 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 509

AccessibilityTraining7@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

 

CCB-GTT Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Desktop Shortcuts, Summary Notes, May 6, 2020 with Link to CCB Podcast Recording

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 Ottawa 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.

Summary Notes:

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Desktop Shortcuts, May 6, 2020 Link to Podcast

Theme: Desktop Shortcuts

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this second episode of Using Windows From the Keyboard, Gerry, without touching the mouse,  shows how to create desktop shortcuts to a web site, to the documents folder, and to the Microsoft Word app. Two methods are demonstrated: the desktop shortcut creation wizard and how to copy start menu shortcuts to the desktop. Also demonstrated is how to change the shortcut name, assign a hotkey, and specify the target app to run in a maximized window.

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

 

 

 

CCB-GTT Windows From The Keyboard Tips, Intro Session Keyboard, Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar, Summary Notes April 29, 2020 with Link to Podcast Recording

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 Ottawa 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.

 

Summary Notes:

Access the CCB Podcast from this link: Windows From The Keyboard Tips, Intro Session Keyboard, Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar, April 29, 2020

 

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this first episode of Using Windows From the Keyboard, Gerry introduces basic concepts of using Windows without a mouse emphasizing the most important keyboard keys to use instead of the mouse. He also describes the main working areas of Windows: the Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar, and System Tray. He concludes with examples of the importance of using the Applications key.

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

 

 

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Document Backstage View, May 27, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Office – Document Backstage View

The Backstage view is a useful interface to explore and use for keyboard users.
When you launch Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, or Power Point via a desktop icon or from the Start menu you are placed in the Backstage view. The Backstage view replaces the File menu on older versions of Office. You may also reach the Backstage view by pressing Alt+F. Backstage view has a list of categories that allow you to open or save documents, print documents, export documents to other formats such as PDF or HTML, manipulate the current document’s properties, and more. You select the Backstage category from a list of categories using Up/Down arrows. For each category, there are different controls which you can explore with Tab or Shift+Tab.

For example, the Open category allows you to reopen a document from a list of recent documents or, if you press Down arrow on the Recent tab, you will find other sources for documents such as OneDrive, This PC,and a Browse button. The Browse button will launch the usual Open File Dialogue.

The Info category allows you to protect/unprotect a file, add a security password to a file, or add title or author attributes, add search keywords, and more. Note that adding a document title in the Backstage view is especially useful if you plan to save the document in html format for later inclusion as a web page. The document title will then become the web page title when you save the Word document as an HTML document.

Although the Backstage view is completely Accessible, sometimes it just gets in the way. You may just want to open MS Word and start a new blank document. You can exit the backstage view and return to the document window by pressing Escape. For example, to start a new MS Word document simply launch Word, then press Escape to exit the Backstage view and you will be in a blank document Window. Type your document and then press F12 to save it.

GTT National Conference Call, AccessiBuild Indoor Navigation App Summary Notes, April 8, 2020 with Link to the CCB Podcast Episode

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 Ottawa 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.

Summary Notes:

April 8, 2020

Theme: Accesibuild Indoor Navigation App Link to Podcast Recording

Presenters: Jeff Godfrey, app developer,  can be reach through Accesibuild web site.

Brian Bibeault, beta tester

GTT.Northbay@gmail.com

In this regular CCB-GTT national conference call, the presenters demonstrate this new iOS and soon to be Android free indoor navigation app. The app helps anyone including blind and low vision people find points of interest in a building based on a digitized 3D map created by the app developer that is downloaded to the user’s smartphone. The building owner pays for the map development while the app is free for the user.

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 Youth Weekly Meeting Announcement, May 26, 2020 via Zoom Conference

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Invites all Blind and visually impaired  youth from ages 16 – 25 ish  to a weekly social drop-in Zoom gathering

 

Theme: To strengthen community through socialization and interaction

Date: Every Wednesday at 2:00 PM eastern time

  • Where: Zoom conference room. These gatherings will be moderated

CCB and GTT are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5593858367?pwd=ckxOQzRhWTdTNzR0bDZWTm40NFJMdz09

Meeting ID: 559 385 8367

Password: 0880

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

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Ribbons and the Quick Access Tool Bar, May 20, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Office – Ribbons and the Quick Access Tool Bar

Navigating the ribbon commands with the keyboard or trying to remember many Key Tip sequences can be frustrating especially for commands that you use frequently. The Quick Access tool bar can mitigate this frustration. You can place frequently used ribbon commands on the Quick Access tool bar where they can be found quickly and easily.

For example, a common command I use in Excel is to auto adjust the column width to fit the cell contents. This command is on the Home ribbon in the cells group and its key tip sequence is:
ALT+H, O, I
This is difficult to remember to say the least. You can add this ribbon command to the Quick Access Tool Bar as follows:
• While in your Excel workbook, press ALT+H, O, I to select the auto adjust column width command or, press Alt+H to open the Home ribbon and then Tab repeatedly to reach the Auto Adjust Column Width command. However, don’t press Enter to activate the command.
• Instead, press the Applications key to open a context menu, and arrow down to find the “Add to Quick Access Tool Bar” and then press Enter.
• This command is now on the Quick Access Tool Bar.
The next time you need to use the command, follow these simpler steps:
• Press Alt to focus on the main ribbon.
• Press up arrow to reach the Quick Access Tool Bar.
• Arrow left or right on the tool bar to find the Auto fit column width function and press Enter. No memorizing of long shortcuts!
• You can add many ribbon commands to the Quick Access Tool Bar in the same manner. You can also find the command using the Alt+Q command search described in the previous tip, and when the command appears in the search results, press the Applications key to find the option to add it to the Quick Access tool bar.
• If you can remember the order of your Quick Access items, then you can activate them more quickly. For example, press ALT+1 to activate the first Quick Access Tool Bar item, press ALT+2 to activate the second item and so on.
• If you decide to remove a command from the Quick Access Tool Bar, just navigate to the command and then press the Applications key to open the context menu. On my computer the Applications key does not open the context menu on the Quick Access Tool Bar but Shift+F10 does. From the context menu select the item, Remove from the Quick Access Tool Bar, and press Enter. You may find it useful to remove some default commands that Microsoft puts on the tool bar, such as Undo, Redo, Save, which already have simple shortcuts namely, Control+Z, Control+Y, and Control+S, so they tend to just clutter the Quick Access tool bar.
Each Office program e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point have their own Quick Access Tool bar and the process for adding commands and using the tool bar is the same.

Workshop: braille screen input for iOS Workshop from Braille Literacy Canada and Get Together with Technology, June 20, 2020

Getting Started with Braille Screen Input on the iPhone: Hands-On Strategies for Success

Presented by Kim Kilpatrick and Leo Bissonnette

 

Braille screen input on iDevices is a powerful and wonderful tool. Participants in this workshop will learn all they need to know to get started with braille screen input on the iPhone. Topics include:

  • Enabling braille screen input
  • Using contracted or uncontracted braille
  • Working with braille screen input
  • Typing feedback
  • Braille input screen gestures
  • Important tips for users

 

A detailed step by step overview will be provided with hands-on demonstrations. Time will be allotted during the final portion of the workshop to answer questions and to provide one-on-one assistance.

 

This workshop is hosted by BLC and Get Together with Technology (GTT). It will be of interest to braille users, teachers and parents.

 

Date: Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern (10am Pacific, 11am Mountain/Saskatchewan, 12pm Central, 2pm Atlantic)

Cost: The teleconference is free for BLC members and the cost for non-members is $20.00

 

Please note that if you are part of an organization that is a corporate member of BLC, our teleconferences are free for you as well.

 

To register: Send an email to
info@blc-lbc.ca
by Thursday, June 18th.

 

We hope you can join us to learn more about this tool that brings braille and mainstream technology together!

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Search For Ribbon Commands, May 13, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Office – Search for Ribbon Commands
Navigating ribbons using the keyboard or trying to remember Key Tip sequences to find a command can be frustrating. There is a way to quickly search for a ribbon command:
• Press Alt+Q which opens the Office “Tell Me What You Want To DO” feature. You will be placed in an edit box.
• Type the name of the command you are searching for. For example, maybe you want to insert a table in a Word document, so you might type, “insert table”. Or maybe you want to Empty the Deleted items folder in Outlook, so you might type, “empty deleted”.
• Press the down arrow to find the list of search results and likely the ribbon command you need will be in the list. Simply press Enter on the command to execute it.
You have just executed the ribbon command you need without having to navigate the ribbon! The Alt+Q search feature works for all the Office programs: Excel. Word, Outlook, and Power Point.