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.


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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open tech chat.


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


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. 


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

Topic, BuzzClip.

Presenter,  co-Founder Arjun Mali



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:


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


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


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

Host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,


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.


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:

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:

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

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.

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550


The Buzz clip: a new navigation tool for people who are blind.

Hello everyone.

I just returned from the Braille conference in Toronto.

It was great to attend workshops, move around the exhibit space, and talk with people who are as passionate about braille and access technology as I am.

Thank you to Leona Emberson for presenting with me about GTT.  

While there, I tried this new product below.

I think it has a lot of promise.

I really liked the way it worked.

See below for more information and ordering instructions.

The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable device thats helps the blind and partially sighted navigate the world around them.
It uses ultrasound to detect any obstacle that may lie directly in one’s path and then notifies the wearer of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations.
The BuzzClip can be easily attached to many forms of clothing making it a highly versatile and useful device. It addresses a core issue of being able to detect upper body and head level obstacles that are often missed by a cane or a guide dog. For example, overhanging signs, tree branches, open cabinet doors etc.

The device has already been tested by blind and partially sighted communities in India, Canada and the United States. The feedback and response from these communities have been really encouraging and positive. Thus we are currently taking pre-orders for the BuzzClip through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
Our campaign also includes a global initiative that allow our backers to support blind communities in the developing world. For more information, here’s the link to the Indiegogo page:
The BuzzClip is available for pre-order until November 22nd at $129 USD (includes HST and shipping for Canadians) Here is the direct link for an Early Bird BuzzClip:

Contact Information:

Phone – +1 (647)-919-9269
Twitter – @imerciv