CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 12 to September 18, 2021 via Zoom

 

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, September 13, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: David Greene

Topic: Open Tech discussion

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Wayne Antle

Do you use a Mac with voiceover or zoom?  Do you want to know how to make the most out of your Mac and its features? Come join the Mac user’s group for a mix of presentations, and hands on assistance. 

(NOTE): Registration required. To register, please e-mail, gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Corry Stuive

Presenter: Wayne Antle

Topic: Making the best use of the IPhone camera as a totally blind person. Using Seeing AI short text, product, and handwriting channels to identify products. Using Seeing AI short text and document channels, as well as Voice Dream Scanner to read documents.  Using Tap Tap See to identify colours. Using BeMyEyes and other visual assistance such as AIRA or Facetime video.

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CCB-GTT TORONTO VISIONARIES

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Ian White

Topic:  this month, we begin a four-part series on the MS Office suite, with a look at some of the basic functions of the spreadsheet program, Excel.  Our guide this month will be Aamer Khan, who’ll walk us through the basic features of Excel, what the program is most useful for, and how simple formulas work.  We’ll talk in general terms about the accessibility of MS Office and will touch on some of the other spreadsheet options.

(NOTE): this call has different zoom credentials, If you wish to attend email  gtt.toronto@gmail.com prior to September 15th!

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, September 17, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: David Greene & Shelley Anne Morris

Topic: What’s on your mind?

Come join us to talk about what is on your mind regarding Blindness technology and living? Get ideas and advice and share what you’ve learned along the way. Come with a smile ready to be encouraged by each other in this supportive, respectful space.

CCB-GTT ANDROID USERS GROUP

(NOTE): Special day and time!

Saturday, September 18, 2021, 12:00 PM Eastern/9:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: Tracy and Matthew

Topic: Audible Vision App

This month, our meeting is held on Saturday September 18th, because our presenter from Audible Vision App lives in a country with a different time zone. Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.

(NOTE): Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

Not tech, but may be of interest…..

WOMEN OF CCB

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

HOSTS: Emilee and Leslie

We welcome you to join Women of CCB, via the zoom meeting platform. Come chat, laugh, bring a tea or latte. Enjoy the company, guest speakers and open discussions every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm eastern, 4:00 pm pacific.

(NOTE) If you would like to join in please reach out to Leslie Yee at lyee@ccbnational.net to be put on the contact list. We look forward to meeting you. 

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favourite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

NEW THIS WEEK, QR Codes, with Wayne Antle & Federal Election with guest Josephine Hall from Elections Canada.

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind, low vision and Deaf Blind Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.

For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport

CCB-GTT BUY, SELL, TRADE OR DONATE LIST

This is a Canadian Group for blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind folks to buy,  sell, trade or donate previously enjoyed assistive technology.

To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: main+subscribe@CCB-Tech-BuySellTrade.groups.io

(The list will serve as a connection venue only, and the CCB will assume no responsibility for the quality of goods or the value of the transaction(s) between two people, or a person and a company.)

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is: ccb@ccbnational.net

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

 

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

 

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Meetings, July 4 to September 4, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT SUMMER PROGRAM

In 2020 the full CCB GTT program ran all summer without stopping. We felt that it was important to do, as we were all experiencing difficult and challenging times. A break for our staff is long overdue.

We will be limiting our program to ONE CCB-GTT SUMMER OPEN CHAT session per week from July 1st to September 3rd 2021. This weekly zoom call will take place on Wednesdays, 1pm eastern, 10am pacific.

Hosts for this weekly session will rotate. This once a week schedule will remain in effect up to and including the week ending September 3rd. Communication about the CCB GTT program beyond September 3rd will be available via this process in early September.

CCB-GTT SUMMER OPEN CHAT

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favourite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

 

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.

For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport

 

CCB-GTT BUY, SELL, TRADE OR DONATE LIST

This is a Canadian Group for blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind folks to buy,  sell, trade or donate previously enjoyed assistive technology.

To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: main+subscribe@CCB-Tech-BuySellTrade.groups.io

(The list will serve as a connection venue only and the CCB will assume no responsibility for the quality of goods or the value of the transaction(s) between two people, or a person and a company.)

Your input & participation requested.

IMAGE (Internet Multi-Modal Access to Graphical Exploration) Project

As is well known, the vast majority of internet graphics are not accessible to non-visual users.  To tackle this problem, McGill University’s Shared Reality Lab, in strategic partnership with the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) and Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd, is working on the IMAGE project, funded by Innovation Science Economic Development Canada through the Assistive Technology Program.

The project’s objective is to develop multi-modal feedback (audio and touch) tools enabling users to gain a deeper understanding of internet graphics than is presently available to blind, deaf-blind, or low vision users.  The project team is actively recruiting participants, inviting volunteers to complete the on-line survey (available both in English and French), to work with the researchers in developing tools to facilitate graphical exploration on the internet.

To get involved or for more information click on the link below:

http://srl.mcgill.ca/atp

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is: ccb@ccbnational.net

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or Internet from wherever you are:

 

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

 

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, June 13 to June 19, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, June 14, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Open tech chat

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Facilitators:  Brian Bibeault and Dorothy Macnaughton

Topic:  Your interests, hobbies and games, including accessible internet and computer games.  There is no designated speaker. We will take turns sharing. Everyone from across Canada is welcome.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenters: Nick Johnson, Libro.fm’s Creative Director, and Craig Silva (member of the design team)

Learn all about a different audio book subscription model libro.fm

For more information visit the website at libro.fm

CCB-GTT ALL ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Topic: Using the contact features of Android devices.

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, June 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Hosts: Shelley Ann Morris and Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: tech chat all about radio. How do you listen to radio? Has this changed? Has it become more or less accessible?

(Note) Early notice, Several of the CCB GTT Zoom calls will be suspended over the summer months. More details will be forthcoming via this notice in the weeks to come.

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favourite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

New this week, Sabrina Knappe and Jeff Blum from McGill University’s Shared Reality Lab will give an introduction to a new project.

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.

For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport

CCB-GTT BUY, SELL, TRADE OR DONATE LIST

This is a Canadian Group for blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind folks to buy,  sell, trade or donate previously enjoyed assistive technology.

To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: main+subscribe@CCB-Tech-BuySellTrade.groups.io

(The list will serve as a connection venue only, and the CCB will assume no responsibility for the quality of goods or the value of the transaction(s) between two people, or a person and a company.)

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is: ccb@ccbnational.net

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or Internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

 

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, May 16 to May 22, 2021 via Zoom 

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration. 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT 

Monday, May 17, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific: 

Host: Kim Kilpatrick 

Topic: Open tech chat 

 

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific: 

Facilitators:  Brian Bibeault and Dorothy Macnaughton 

There will not be a specific topic, but this will be a chance to ask any tech question of the people on the call.  Everyone from across Canada is welcome. 

 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific: 

Presenter: Kim Kilpatrick 

Topic: Using the address book which is built into your IPhone 

 

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID  

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific: 

Topic: The contact list on your phone: how to create and search for a contact. 

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting. 

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com 

 

CCB-GTT TORONTO ZOOM CALL 

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 6:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM Pacific: 

Host: Jason Fayre 

Topic: Passwords. Seemingly hundreds of them, everywhere! Every email account, every social media platform, every government portal, financial institution, everything online has its own password! Every one has to be long, include symbols and numbers, and capitals and lower case letters! How on earth can I keep track of them all? Jason will offer up some of the best tips and tricks for managing all those pesky passwords, reviewing a few of the most popular password management apps, and generally educate us on how best to make online access easier and more secure.  

 (NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting,  

To join the CCB GTT Toronto Zoom meeting on your smart device, click this link:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/93700586904?pwd=cmZxU2JKdmMvREpOOFRDeGdpbWdxQT09 

One tap mobile 

+12042727920,,93700586904#,,,,*005761# Canada 

+14388097799,,93700586904#,,,,*005761# Canada 

Dial by your location 

+1 647 558 0588 Canada 

Meeting ID: 937 0058 6904 

Passcode: 005761 

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT 

Friday, May 21, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific: 

Host: David Greene 

Topic: Open discussion 

 

(Note) Early notice, there will be no “Open Chat” call on Monday May 24, 2021 

  

CCB-GTT PODCASTS 

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favourite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/ 

New this week, Rogers Ignite TV, (Part 2) with Wayne Antle and Jim Hamilton 

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST 

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io 

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.  

For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport 

 

Security procedure remains in effect. 

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is: ccb@ccbnational.net  

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you. 

You can participate by phone or Internet from wherever you are: 

 

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09 

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688 

Password: 320119 

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+15873281099,9839595688# 

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+17789072071,9839595688# 

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+12045151268,9839595688# 

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+14388097799,9839595688# 

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+16473744685,9839595688# 

 

Direct Dial: 

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099 

BC: +1 778 907 2071 

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268 

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799 

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685 

 

For more information, contact: 

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator 

GTTProgram@Gmail.com 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513 

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer 

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509 

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator 

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net  

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, April 18 to April 24, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, April 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: Open tech chat

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Facilitators:  Dorothy Macnaughton and Brian Bibeault

Our speaker will be Elmer Thiesen and the topic is the Apple HomePod Mini speaker.  Everyone from across Canada is welcome.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Topic, Reddit.

Presenter,  Nolan Jenikov

Reddit;  the anonymous social media platform for discussion and information sharing.

www.reddit.com 

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host: Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, April 23, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host: David Greene

Topic: Open discussion

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

New this week, 2 podcasts, All about Twitter and OrCam

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.

For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is: ccb@ccbnational.net

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, March 14 to March 20, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, March 15, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.

CCB-GTT MAC USERS GROUP

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Wayne Antle

Topic, Voiceover utility and voiceover commanders.

(NOTE) preregistration required. Mac users only please. For more info contact Kim at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts, Brian Bibeault and Dorothy Macnaughton

The topic this month will be the Amazon Firestick – what it is, what it does and how to use it.  Albert Ruel will be the speaker.  Everyone from across Canada is welcome. 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Topic, BuzzClip.

Presenter,  co-Founder Arjun Mali

website, https://imerciv.com/

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

This month, we are joined by Pramit Bhargava the creator of an android app called Louie Voice Control’

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-BLC INFORMATION SESSION WITH CELA & NNELS

Thursday March 18, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

You may have heard that the federal government intends to phase out its $4 million in financial support of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) over the next few years.

Braille Literacy Canada (BLC) and the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) will be hosting a one hour information session, including representatives from CELA and NNELS, to provide you with more information about this situation and how you can help.

These cuts will have devastating effects to Canadians who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind across Canada. Publishers do not produce braille books. And while publishers make a small selection of works available in audio (thanks to the popularity of services such as Audible), it that amounts to less than 10% of what is published in any given year. CELA/NNELS help to fill that gap.

At the information session, Laurie Davidson, Executive Director of CELA, Daniella Levy-Pinto, Project Coordinator of NNELS, and Anthony Tibbs, Treasurer of BLC, will provide more information on the impact that these cuts will have on CELA/NNELS, and what you can do to help change the federal government’s direction.

(NOTE) The session will take place in the BLC Zoom room – details to be provided upon registration. Preregistration is required by March 17, 2021. register at info@blc-lbc.caa

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, March 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favorite smart device Pod Catcher. You can use this like to the originating distribution source. https://ccbpod.podbean.com/

CCB-GTT TECH SUPPORT LIST

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians. To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to: GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

You will get an email back from the list asking you to confirm your subscription. Simply reply to that email and you are subscribed. You will then receive a second email welcoming you to the list and describing how to use it. You are then ready to post your technology questions and/or answers to the list.

For more information visit: https://groups.io/g/GTTsupport

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, February 14 to February 20, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision. The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers. You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

(NOTE) NO CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT TODAY

Monday, February 15, 2021,

IT IS A HOLIDAY IN MOST PARTS OF CANADA, PLEASE ENJOY THE DAY, STAY SAFE!

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Hosts, Brian Bibeault and Dorothy MacNaughton

Topic, Beginners session on NVDA, a free screen reader. The presenter will be Brian Bibeault. This is an especially good opportunity for people who have never used a screen reader. Everyone from across Canada is welcome. 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

Topic, CCB is assisting with a project dealing with accessible point of sale terminals. (the credit/debit card machine used when paying for items in person at a store, restaurant, etc.) Kim is helping with this and wants to have a discussion about how you pay for items? What works for you and what doesn’t? What features on such a terminal would be important to you? Would you use it more, or at all, if accessibility was enhanced? Let’s talk!

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please make sure your device in which you will be signing into the Zoom meeting has your proper name, so the host will recognize you and let you into the meeting.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, February 19, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB 2021 WHITE CANE WEEK OFFERINGS

CCB Toronto Visionaries’ Expo Forum, February 13, 2:00 pm (EST)

Fighting Blindness Canada’s View Point, February 17, 10:30 am (EST)

CCB Vision Summit 2021, February 17, 2:00 pm (EST)

CCB White Cane Week Vision Gala 2021, February 18, 2:00 pm (EST)

(NOTE) All start times listed in this WCW section are Eastern. The zoom credentials for these events are different the usual CCB GTT offerings. Registration is required for all WCW events. Please see the CCB National website at www.ccbnational.net, your February CCB Visions Newsletter and/or the special email announcement sent on February 11th for registration details and links.

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, November 15 to November 21, 2020 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, November 16, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT NORTHERN ONTARIO AND RURAL CALL

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

The topic will be GPS apps that are accessible.  Google Maps will be the highlight, with step by step instructions on how to use it.  Brian Bibeault and Albert Ruel will be our speakers and then we will go on to other accessible GPS apps.  Everyone across Canada is welcome.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, What is your IOS rotor?  How to configure and use it.

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. This meeting will be the last session on how to get started with your Android device.  Please identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, November 20, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, October 18 to October 24, 2020 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the (note) notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, October 19, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT RURAL AND NORTH CALL

Tuesday October 20, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host/co-host, Dorothy Mc Naughton and Brian Bibeault

We encourage everyone from across Canada to take part.  The topic is Apps – those that are most accessible and useful for people with vision loss, as well as other apps we enjoy using.  Our speaker is Elmer Thiesen.  There will be lots of time for questions and for everyone to share their favourite apps.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Topic, All about Aira

Presenter Janine Stanley from AIRA, Host Kim Kilpatrick

CCB-GTT ALL ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. For the next three sessions we are going to discuss how to get started with your Android device. Please identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, October 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 13 to September 19, 2020 via Zoom.  


You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings.  Please pay special attention to the (note) notation after some of the meeting listings.  Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.  

 

PLEASE NOTE…..Enhanced security procedure in effect.  

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name.  If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in.  Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net. 

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you. 

 

THANK YOU! 

A special THANKS goes out to all that participated in last Wednesday’s planning session.  We sincerely appreciate your input and will be implementing several of then in the weeks and months ahead.  If you were unable to attend and have some feedback about the CCB GTT program and/or any of it’s offerings (zoom, support list, blog, etc) please feel free to contact  anyone of the CCB GTT staff listed at the bottom of this email/post.  We thank you all for your participation…….stay safe everyone! 

 

CCB-GTT METRO VANCOUVER MEETINGS 

We are in the process of revamping our program in the Metro Vancouver area.  In doing so we will be having a meeting to invite participants input later this month.  There will be no CCB-GTT VCC or CCB-GTT NEW WEST meetings this month, and any sort of Face to Face meetings have been suspended for the balance of the calendar year, if not beyond.  The CCB-GTT NORTH VANCOUVER program has been suspended indefinitely, with the hope that participants from there can join us at one of the other meetings and/or the online Zoom calls.  

This weeks meetings….. 

OPEN CCB-GTT CHAT 

Monday, September 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: 

Host, Kim Kilpatrick 

Open discussion 

 

CCB-GTT RURAL AND NORTH CALL 

Tuesday September 15, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific: 

The topic will be how do you watch TV? What kind of TV do you have? How do you manage to use the remote, etc?  We are looking forward to a great discussion. Doug Leavens from Sault Ste. Marie will be sharing his recent experience with a new Apple TV box.  If time permits feel free to ask other questions.  We will discuss your topic suggestions for future meetings.  

 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific: 

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick and Nolan Jenikov 

Topic, (as requested by previous participants) Getting started with Voiceover gestures for the iPhone.  

 

CCB-GTT ALL ABOUT ANDROID 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific: 

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together.  Please identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name. 

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com 

 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL 

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific: 

Host, Nolan Jenikov 

GTT Weekly Youth Gathering  Use this link to attend, provided you’re between the ages of 16 and 25ish. 

(NOTE) The new day and time! The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net. 

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT 

Friday, September 18, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: 

host, David Green,  

Open discussion, Tech and/or other, Come join the community! 

 

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are: 

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09 

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688 

Password: 320119 

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+15873281099,9839595688# 

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+17789072071,9839595688# 

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+12045151268,9839595688# 

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+14388097799,9839595688# 

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+16473744685,9839595688# 

Direct Dial: 

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099 

BC: +1 778 907 2071 

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268 

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799 

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685 

For more information, contact: 

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator 

GTTProgram@Gmail.com 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513 

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer 

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509 

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator 

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net  

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550 

An exciting new CCB-GTT group… All About Android

Hi everyone. Have you ever found yourself asking which type of phone should I get for my needs? An IPHONE or an Android? The truth is both have their advantages and disadvantages, but Apple gets most of the press. That is why your hosts for the call, Tracy and Matthew, have put this group together. We want to share some of the perks of using an Android device. More importantly we want your input as blind or partially sighted users and are here to discuss any questions you may have. This is not an android Only group, we welcome the input of Apple users and users of all experience levels. In our first meeting we will be discussing the purpose and goals of this group and will mention some of the excellent accessibility features available on Android devices. After that, the floor is yours!!! We want to hear what works for you and what issues you may have. The group can help you with your issues. We look forward to your participation!!!

(The Get Together with Technology program (GTT) as an initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB))

Date: Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Time: 7:00pm (eastern), 4:00pm (pacific)

Location: Zoom meeting, to join:

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688 

Password: 320119 

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+15873281099,9839595688# 

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+17789072071,9839595688# 

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+12045151268,9839595688# 

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+14388097799,9839595688# 

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones: 

+16473744685,9839595688# 

Direct Dial: 

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099 

BC: +1 778 907 2071 

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268 

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799 

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685 

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

GTT New Westminster Summary Notes, Reader View on PC, Mac and iOS Browsers, September 25, 2019

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

New Westminster Meeting

 

A Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind

in partnership with

Blind Beginnings

Vancouver Community College

And

Canadian Assistive Technology

Summary Notes

 

September 25, 2019

How to use Reader View on the Mac, PC, iOS and Android Browsers

What is Reader/Simplified View, and why does anyone want to explore it?  Here’s an article that might explain it, followed by a link to the CCB Podcast and text instructions on how to use it in your favourite, or soon to be favourite browser.

 

Reader View

First posted on July 12, 2018 by Rob Tomlinson

“Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s dictum that “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” can be re-deployed most helpfully when discussing Reader View, a topic that touches on web page design and browser behaviour.”…

 

Find the CCB Podcast of this event at the link below:

09 GTT New Westminster, Reader View in iOS, Nac and PC Browsers, September 25, 2019:

 

PC Browsers:

 

Simplified View for Google Chrome on the PC:

Google Chrome Download Page;

  1. type this into a new tab in Google Chrome

chrome://flags/#enable-reader-mode

press enter.

  1. A Chrome settings page comes up that you can navigate using headings.
  2. Press the letter H until you get to reading mode.
  3. There is a combo box that shows that reader mode is disabled.
  4. Press enter to go into forms mode if using Jaws.
  5. Press the down arrow to get to enabled and press enter.
  6. Go to the bottom of the page with control end and there is a restart chrome button, and Press enter.
  7. Now visit a page that has news stories such as this article from the Victoria Times Colonist,
  8. You can try down arrowing through the page and see all the links, controls and advertisements on the page.
  9. Press the Alt Key to bring up a menu and either up or down arrow to “Toggle distilled page contents” and press enter.
  10. you will hear your screen reader say, “Simplified View”.
  11. Now what you have is the news article in its entirety without the ads and other controls.
  12. To get the page back to normal view, repeat step 11 and press Enter.
  13. Press the Escape Key to close the menu.

 

Reader View for Firefox on the PC:

Reader View is a Firefox feature that strips away clutter like buttons, ads and background images, and changes the page’s text size, contrast and layout for better readability.

Mozilla Firefox Download Page;

  1. Open Firefox and enter the address of the page you want to visit, let’s use the Victoria Times Colonist article again.
  2. Examine the page with down and up arrow keys to see that it is cluttered with links, controls and advertisements.
  3. Press the f9 key to enable reader view.
  4. If nothing happens then reader view is not available for the current page.
  5. If reader view is available, the page loads and is clutter free.

 

Mac Browsers:

 

Reader View for Safari on the Mac:

Safari Browser for the Mac Download Page;

To display an article in Reader on the Mac, do the following:

  1. Click the Safari icon on the Dock or Launchpad.
  2. Type in the URL for the website you want to visit.

For example, you might visit The New Yorker at www.newyorker.com.

  1. Click the article you want to read. You see the article with various advertisements, banners, photos, links, and so on.
  2. Click the Reader button, or press Command+Shift+R.
  3. If the article runs over several pages, Reader displays it as one continuous page so you need only scroll down, not click from one page to the next.
  4. If you need to adjust the size of the text, click the type buttons (the two A’s) in the upper-left corner.
  5. To exit Reader, click the Reader button, or press the Esc key to exit Reader and return to the normal Safari view of the article. Click the Back button to return to the original site.
  6. In both Reader and normal Safari view, press ⌘+= or ⌘+– to zoom in or out on the text. If you have a Magic Mouse or Trackpad or a MacBook that recognizes multi-touch gestures, you can also pinch in or out to zoom.

 

iOS 12.4 Browsers:

Sadly, we could find nothing to say there is a Reader or Simplified View for the Google Chrome Browser for iOS.

 

Reader View for Safari Browser on iOS:

How to enable Reader View in Safari in iOS 12.4:

  1. Launch Safarifrom your Home screen.
  2. Navigate to the website you’d like to read.
  3. Tap the Reader button on the left of the address bar. It looks like a series of stacked lines.
  4. If the Reader button doesn’t appear it means the page isn’t able to be simplified.

 

Reader View for Mozilla Firefox Browser in iOS 12.4:

Mozilla Firefox Download Page on the App Store for iPad and iPhone;

How to enable Reader View in Firefox on iOS:

  1. Launch Firefox from your Home screen.
  2. Navigate to the website you’d like to read.
  3. Tap the Reader button on the right of the address bar. It looks like a series of stacked lines.
  4. Double Tap it again to turn it off when you want access to more of the page.
  5. If the Reader button doesn’t appear it means the page isn’t able to be simplified.

 

Reader View for Microsoft Edge in iOS 12.4:

Microsoft Edge Download for iPad and iPhone;

How to enable Reader View in Microsoft Edge on iOS:

  1. Launch Edge from your Home screen.
  2. Navigate to the website you’d like to read.
  3. Tap the Reader Mode button on the right of the address bar. It looks like a book that is open.
  4. Double Tap the Done button to turn it off when you want access to more of the page.
  5. If the Reader Mode button doesn’t appear it means the page isn’t able to be simplified.

 

Android Browsers:

Simplified View for Google Chrome on Android:

Google Chrome Browser Download from the Google Play Store;

How to Enable Reader Mode in Chrome for Android?

  1. Open Chromeon your Android smartphone or tablet and type

chrome://flags

in the address/search bar and hit enter. The Chrome Flags page will open up.

  1. Hit the three dot button inthe top right corner and tap “Find in page “.
  2. Once enabled, you will see a “Make page mobile-friendly” button at the end of the webpage.

 

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

 

 

 

Yes, Alexa, Siri, and Google are listening — 6 ways to stop devices from recording you by Janet Perez, Komando.com

Yes, Alexa, Siri, and Google are listening — 6 ways to stop devices from recording you

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Yes, Alexa, Siri, and Google are listening — 6 ways to stop devices from recording you

Janet Perez, Komando.com

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Seems like we owe the tinfoil hat club a big apology. Yes, there are eyes and ears everywhere in just about any large city in the world. Here in the good,

old U-S-of-A, our smartphones, tablets, computers, cars, voice assistants and cameras are watching and listening to you.

 

We don’t know what is more troubling — that these devices keep track of us or that we shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh well?” That attitude of surrender

may stem from an overwhelming sense of helplessness. ”

Technology is everywhere.

Why fight it?”

 

Truth is, it’s not a fight. It’s a series of tap-or-click settings, which we’ll walk you through.

 

You can take control of what your devices hear and record, and it’s not that hard. We have 6 ways to help you turn off and tune out Alexa, Siri, and Google,

as well as smartphones, third-party apps, tablets, and computers.

 

How to stop Alexa from listening to you

 

Weeks after the public discovered that Alexa, and by extension Echo devices

are always listening,

Amazon announced a

new Alexa feature that’s already available.

It allows you to command the voice assistant to delete recent commands. Just say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today.”

 

Sounds great, but there’s still the problems of Alexa always listening and your old recordings. Let’s tackle the old recordings first. Unless the delete

command is expanded to include all recordings, you still have to remove old files manually. Here’s what to do:

 

list of 4 items

  1. Open the Alexa app and go into the “Settings” section.
  2. Select “History” and you’ll see a list of all the entries.
  3. Select an entry and tap the Delete button.
  4. If you want to delete all the recordings with a single click, you must visit the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page at amazon.com/mycd.

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As for Alexa and Echo devices always listening, well you could turn off each of the devices, but then what’s the point of having them? The real issue is

that we discovered Amazon employees around the world are listening to us and making transcriptions.

 

Here’s how to stop that:

 

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  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen.
  3. Select “Settings” then “Alexa Account.”
  4. Choose “Alexa Privacy.”
  5. Select “Manage how your data improves Alexa.”
  6. Turn off the toggle next to “Help Develop New Features.”
  7. Turn off the toggle next to your name under “Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions.”

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For extra privacy, there’s also a way to mute the Echo’s mics. To turn the Echo’s mic off, press the microphone’s off/on button at the top of the device.

Whenever this button is red, the mic is off. To reactivate it, just press the button again and it will turn blue.

 

How to stop Siri from recording what you say

 

Alexa isn’t the only nosey assistant. Don’t forget the ones on your iPhones and Androids. On your iPhone,

“Hey Siri” is always on

waiting to receive your command to call someone or send a text message, etc. Apple says your iPhone’s mic is always on as it waits for the “Hey Siri”

command, but swears it is not recording.

 

If it still makes you nervous, you don’t have to disable Siri completely to stop the “Hey Siri” feature. On your iPhone, go to Settings >> Siri & Search >>

toggle off “Listen for Hey Siri.”

 

Note: “Hey Siri” only works for iPhone 6s or later. iPhone 6 or earlier has to be plugged in for the “Hey Siri” wake phrase to work.

 

How to delete your recordings from Google Assistant

 

Google Assistant has the

“OK Google” wake-up call,

but the company introduced the My Account tool that lets you access your recordings and delete them if you want. You can also tell Google to stop recording

your voice for good.

 

Here’s how to turn off the “OK Google” wake phrase: On Android, go to Settings >> Google >> Search & Now >> Voice and turn “Ok Google” detection off.

 

How to control third-party apps that record you

 

Even if you do all these steps for your Apple and Android devices, third-party apps you download could have their own listening feature. Case in point:

Facebook (although it denies it. But it’s still a good practice to check to see if third-party apps are listening).

 

Here’s how to stop Facebook from listening to you:

 

If you are an iPhone user, go to Settings >> Facebook >> slide the toggle next to Microphone to the left so it turns from green to white.

 

Or, you can go to Settings >> Privacy >> Microphone >> look for Facebook and slide the toggle next to it to the left to turn off the mic. You can toggle

the mic on and off for other apps this way, too.

 

For Android users go to Settings >> Applications >> Application Manager >> look for Facebook >> Permissions >> turn off the mic.

 

Tricks to disable screen recorders on tablets

 

Certain Apple iPads have the phone’s “Hey Siri” wake-up command feature. They are the 2nd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Other iPad

and iPad Touch models have to be plugged in for the “Hey Siri” wake phrase to work.

 

The bad news for privacy seekers is that iPads come with a screen recording feature that also records audio.  It may pose issues in terms of both privacy

and security.

 

You can disable the screen recording feature through another feature, “Screen Time”:

 

list of 4 items

  1. Open the Settings app, and then tap Screen Time. On the Screen Time panel, tap “Content & Privacy Settings.”
  2. Tap “Content Restrictions.” If you don’t see this option, turn on the switch next to “Content & Privacy Restrictions” to unhide it.
  3. Under “Game Center,” tap “Screen Recording.”
  4. Tap “Don’t Allow” and then exit the Settings app. The screen recording control should no longer work, even if it is enabled within the Control Center.

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Screen Time is available in iOS 12 and above. If you are still using iOS 11 or iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, the above steps can be found under Settings

>> General >> Restrictions.

 

Android tablets also can record video and audio. However, you have to use a third-party app to disable the camera.

 

On your Android device, go to the Play Store, then download and install the app called “Cameraless.”

 

list of 5 items

  1. Once installed, launch the app from your app drawer.
  2. On the app’s main menu, tap the option for “Camera Manager On/Off.” By default, the camera manager is set to “Off,” so you need to enable the app first

as one of your device administrators before you can switch it “On.”

  1. Once your camera manager is “On,” just tap the option for “Disable camera” then wait until the notice disappears on your screen.
  2. Once you’re done, just close the app then go to your tablet’s camera icon.
  3. If successfully disabled, you’ll immediately get a notice that your device camera has been disabled due to security policy violations. This is the notice

that you’ll get from the “Cameraless” app. If you click “OK” you’ll be taken back to your home screen.

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Desktop and laptops are watching and listening too

Computer monitor and keyboard

 

We’ve been warned for years about hackers taking control of cameras on your computer screen. No need for elaborate instructions on disabling and enabling

the camera. Just slap a sticker on it and only remove it if you have to use Skype. Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones.

 

Unfortunately, you do have to root around your computer a bit to turn off mics.

 

For PCs running Windows 10, the process is actually quite painless. Right-click on the “Start Button” and open “Device Manager.” In the “Device Manager”

window, expand the audio inputs and outputs section and you will see your microphone listed as one of the interfaces. Right-click on “Microphone” and select

“Disable.” You’re done.

 

For Macs, there are two methods depending on how old your operating system is. For Macs with newer operating systems:

 

list of 5 items

  1. Launch “System Preferences” from the Apple menu in the upper left corner.
  2. Click on the “Sound” preference panel.
  3. Click on the “Input” tab.
  4. Drag the “Input volume” slider all the way to the left so it can’t pick up any sound.
  5. Close “System Preferences.”

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If you have an older operating system, use this method:

 

list of 5 items

  1. Launch the “System Preferences.”
  2. Click on “Sound.”
  3. Click on the “Input” tab.
  4. Select “Line-in.”
  5. Close System Preferences

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Now you know how to take control of your devices and how they listen and record you. It’s a pretty simple way to get your privacy back, at least some of

it.

 

Stop Facebook’s targeted advertising by changing your account settings

 

Let me be frank: I only keep a Facebook account to engage with listeners of my national radio show. I don’t use my personal account. I stepped away from

the social media platform, and I never looked back.

 

Click here to read more about Facebook advertising.

 

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Getting the Job Done with Assistive Technology: It May Be Easier Than You Think, AccessWorld

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I remember getting my first computer back in the early 90s almost like it was yesterday. A friend of mine was receiving regular treatments from a massage
therapist who happened to be blind. My friend mentioned that this gentleman used a computer with a screen reader. I was vaguely aware that this technology
existed, but I never really considered using a computer myself until that first conversation I had with my friend. I began doing some research, and eventually
purchased my first computer with a screen reader and one program included. I’m sure there were a few other programs on that computer, but WordPerfect is
the only one I recall today. The vendor from whom I purchased the computer came to my home, helped me get the computer up and running, and gave me about
a half-hour of training on how to use the thing. A few books from what is now
Learning Ally
as well as the
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
along with some really late nights were what truly started me on my journey. I sought guidance from a few sighted friends who were more than willing to
help, but didn’t have any knowledge about assistive technology. There were times when I thought I had wasted a lot of money and time, but I eventually
grew to truly enjoy using my computer.

I eventually became aware of a whole community of blind people who used assistive technology. They all had their preferred screen reader, and most people
used only one. Screen readers cost a lot of money and hardware-based speech synthesizers increased the cost of owning assistive tech. Unless the user was
willing to learn how to write configuration files that made their screen reader work with specific programs they wanted or needed to use, it was important
to find out what computer software worked best with one’s chosen screen reader. I eventually outgrew that first screen reader, and spent money to switch
to others as I learned about them. I have no idea how much money I spent on technology in those early years, and that is probably for the best!

Fast forward 25 years or so, and the landscape is totally different. I have a primary desktop PC and a couple laptop computers all running Windows 10.
I have one paid screen reader—JAWS for Windows from
Vispero
—and I use two free screen-reading solutions—NVDA, from
NVAccess
and Microsoft’s built-in screen reader called Narrator.

I also have a MacBook Pro running the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system that comes with the free VoiceOver screen reader built in. I have
access to my wife’s iPad if I need to use it, and I own an iPhone 8 Plus. These devices also run VoiceOver. Finally, I own a BrailleNote Touch Plus,
HumanWare’s
Android-based notetaker designed especially for the blind.

Gone are the days when I must limit myself to only one screen reader and one program to get a task accomplished. If a website isn’t behaving well using
JAWS and Google’s Chrome browser, I might try the same site using the Firefox browser. If I don’t like the way JAWS is presenting text to me on that website,
maybe I’ll switch to NVDA. If the desktop version of a website is too cluttered for my liking, I’ll often try the mobile version using either Safari on
my iPhone, or Chrome on my BrailleNote Touch.

The lines between desktop application and Internet site have blurred to the point that I honestly don’t think about it much anymore. It is often possible
to use either a computer or a mobile device to conduct banking and purchase goods.

So what makes all this added flexibility and increased choice possible, anyway? In many cases, the actual hardware in use is less expensive than it used
to be, although admittedly products such as the BrailleNote Touch are still on the high end of the price spectrum. Along with the availability of more
screen readers and magnification solutions than ever before, the cost of most of these solutions has come down greatly. Even companies like Vispero that
still sell a screen reader that can cost over a thousand dollars if purchased outright are now offering software-as-a-service options that allow you to
pay a yearly fee that provides the latest version of their software complete with updates for as long as you keep your subscription active.

While some may not consider free options such as NVDA or Narrator to be as powerful and flexible as JAWS, they will be perfectly adequate for other people
who aren’t using a computer on the job complete with specialized software that requires customized screen reader applications to make it work properly.
There are those who will rightly point out that free isn’t really free. You are in fact purchasing the screen reader when you buy a new computer as is
the case with VoiceOver on the Mac. While this may be true, the shock to the pocketbook may not be as noticeable as it would be if you had to plunk down
another thousand bucks or so for assistive technology after you had just purchased a new computer.

In addition to the advancements in screen reading technology along with the reduced cost of these products, app and website developers are becoming increasingly
educated about the needs of the blind community. I once spoke with a game developer who told me that he played one of his games using VoiceOver on the
iPhone for six weeks so he could really get a feel for how the game behaved when played by a blind person. Rather than throwing up their hands in frustration
and venting on social media about how sighted developers don’t care about the needs of blind people, many in the blind community are respectfully reaching
out to developers, educating them about the needs of those who use assistive technology, and giving them well-deserved recognition on social media when
they produce a product that is usable by blind and sighted people alike. Also, companies like Microsoft and Apple work to ensure that their screen readers
work with the company’s own including Safari and Microsoft Edge. Google and Amazon continue to make strides in the area of accessibility as well. Better
design and standards make it more likely that multiple screen readers will work well in an increasing number of online and offline scenarios.

You may be someone who is currently comfortable using only one screen reader with one web browser and just a few recommended programs on your computer.
You may be thinking that everything you have just read in this article sounds great, but you may be wondering how to actually apply any of it in your life.
First, I would say that if you are happy with your current technology then don’t feel intimidated by someone else who uses other solutions. That said,
I would urge you to keep your screen reading technology up to date as far as is possible. Also, make sure that you are using an Internet browser that is
fully supported by the websites you frequently visit. This will ensure that your experience is as fulfilling as it should be. For example, though Microsoft
Internet Explorer has been a recommended browser for many years for those using screen access technology due to its accessibility, it is no longer receiving
feature updates from Microsoft, and therefore many modern websites will not display properly when viewed using it.

If you think you would like to try new applications and possibly different assistive technology solutions but you don’t know where to start, keep reading.

Back when I first started using a computer, I knew of very few resources to which I could turn in order to gain skills in using assistive technology. Today,
there are many ebooks, tutorials, webinars, podcasts, and even paid individual training services available for anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge
of computers and the like. One excellent resource that has been referenced many times in past issues of AccessWorld is
Mystic Access,
where you can obtain almost every kind of training mentioned in the previous sentences. Another resource you may recognize is the
National Braille Press,
which has published many books that provide guidance on using various types of technology. Books from National Braille Press can generally be purchased
in both braille or in electronic formats.

There are also many online communities of people with vision loss who use a specific technology. Two of the most well known are
AppleVis
for users of iOS devices and the
Eyes-Free Google Group
for users of the Android platform. Both communities are places where new and long time users of these platforms can go to find assistance getting started
with the technology or for help troubleshooting issues they may encounter.

While I vividly recall my first experiences as a novice computer user, it is almost impossible for me to imagine actually going back to those days. Today,
the landscape is rich and the possibilities are endless for anyone who wishes to join their sighted counterparts in using today’s technology. While there
are still many hurdles to jump, I am confident that things will only continue to improve as we move forward.

So fear not, intrepid adventurer. Let’s explore this exciting world together. In the meantime, happy computing!

This article is made possible in part by generous funding from the James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust, Huntington, West Virginia.

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Resources: Google Photos Will Now Automatically Detect Your Documents by Paul Monckton, Forbes.com

Google Photos Will Now Automatically Detect Your Documents

Author: Paul Monckton

Date Written: Mar 30, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Date Saved: 3/30/19, 11:01 PM

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/paulmonckton/2019/03/30/google-photos-will-now-automatically-detect-your-documents/

Smartphone cameras are useful for a lot more than selfies and landscapes; they also make very handy portable document scanners. Now Google Photos has launched a new feature designed specifically to make your documents look more presentable and legible.

 

Google’s new Crop and Adjust feature takes care of photographed documents and receipts Documents, unlike people or places, are designed to be read rather than admired and this usually requires an entirely different approach when it comes to processing them and making them look their best. This often involves using functions such as rotating, cropping, sharpening and perhaps converting them to black and white for maximum readability.

The new “Crop and Adjust” feature in Google Photos will detect any photographed documents and suggest suitable edits such as those listed above which can then be implemented automatically in a single tap.

The result is a correctly-rotated document with the background removed and any text made as clear as possible.

Google Photos users will find the Crop and Adjust rolling out soon on iOS and Android.

If you find this function useful, then it’s worth checking out the ‘Scan’ function built into the Google Drive app. The app provides a similar set of automatic enhancements to the new Google Photos function, with the added facility of saving your documents directly to your Google Drive as a PDF rather than a jpeg. Android users can also place a Google Scan widget for one-touch access to the document scanning function.