CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 20 to September 26, 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.

Enhanced security procedure remains 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.

YOU SPOKE….WE LISTENED!

One of the changes suggested by a few of the participants at our September 9th planning meeting was to have an CCB-GTT Open Chat in the evening. Great idea lets give it a go! The first Evening open chat will take place on Wednesday September 30th (we thought we would give you the scoop now so you can plan and mark your calendars) …. See you there!

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

Have you checked out any of our podcasts lately? Several of the recent CCB- GTT Presentations and CCB-GTT National calls have been turned into Podcasts. A special thanks goes out to Nolan for his hard work in putting the audio together! So, just in case you missed a presentation you may have a second chance to hear it via the 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.

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

Date and Time communicated to invited participants.

Our first group of participants are well underway and progressing in a friendly and informative fashion!  We have limited the group size of this, and future CCB-GTT Beginners Call groups to a small number to ensure maximum support. If you are a beginner and would like to be included in a future group, please contact David Green at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

This week’s meetings….

OPEN CCB-GTT CHAT

Monday, September 21, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

topic, Open discussion

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick, and Nolan Jenikov

Topic, VoiceOver gestures (rescheduled because of last week’s technical difficulties)

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, September 24, 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, September 25, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

Topic, Open discussion,

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 6 to September 13, 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 on some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

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A reminder…..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.

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(NOTE) NO CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

*** Happy Labour Day to all! ***

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick

Topic, Part 2 of 2, using Voice Dream Reader, Downloading content.

CCB-GTT NATIONAL  CALL

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

For many the first full week in September marks the beginning of the new work/school year. Summer, for the most part, is behind us and it’s once again time to get down to business. Tonight we thought we would assemble and discuss the CCB GTT program. What do you like and what don’t you like? Should we continue with the three a week open chat sessions? What are your thoughts about the “tech” vs “non tech” topics that we’ve enjoyed thus far? What sort of topics and guests would you like to see at future “presentation” sessions? Any thoughts about the future of the National, Beginners and Youth calls? Are you enjoying the Podcasts, should we try and do more? etc. Any and all comments, questions and concerns welcome. All three team members, David, Kim and Corry will be on the line. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion!

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

(NOTE) New day and Time.

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific

(NOTE) Preregistration required, contact Nolan Jenikov at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

Thursday September 10, 2020, Time communicated to invited participants.

(NOTE) Our first group of twelve participants have been invited to this call, We are limiting the group size to a dozen to ensure maximum support. If you are a beginner and would like to be included in the next group, please contact David Green at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, September 11, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

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

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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

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, August 9 to August 15, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

CCB GTT Open Chats,

CCB GTT Presentation,

CCB GTT Youth Zoom Call

and

CCB GTT National Call.

You’re invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of August 9th to August 15th, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  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.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

PLEASE NOTE…..Enhanced security procedure.

Special note about zoom bombing from Kim,

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 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.

Phone 1-877-304-0968 or

email gtt@ccbnational.net

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Week of August 9 to August 15, 2020:

PLEASE NOTE A SLIGHT FORMAT CHANGE

Open chats will now be one hour in length, however if the room is rocking we can extend the time. On Wednesdays we are now doing what we are calling CCB- GTT Presentation, This means one topic, one presenter with no open chat to follow. At the end of the topic presentation, and any Q&A that might follow, the call will end.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

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

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

Bring your tech questions and answers, successes and frustrations

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Presenter, Gerry Chevalier

  • Topic, Using CELA library (searching for and downloading books) 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Nolin Jenikov

CCB-GTT NATIONAL CALL

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Presentation and discussion of Accessible Pedestrian Signals with Richard Marion

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

  • Topic: Open chat

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 East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0965 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, July 26 to August 1, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

Weekly CCB GTT Open Chats, 

CCB GTT Beginner’s call 

and 

 CCB GTT Youth Zoom Call

You’re invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of July 26 to August 1, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  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.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

PLEASE NOTE……Enhanced security procedure necessitated via security issues! Please review, note and implement were required. Thanks!

Special note about zoom bombing from Kim, 

When you enter the waiting room for the meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name.

If you are calling in from a land line, please e-mail the CCB receptionist (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. shelley’s email address is ccb@ccbnational.net.

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

Phone 1-877-304-0968 or

email gtt@ccbnational.net

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Week of July 26 to August 1, 2020:

CCB GTT Open Chat, Monday, July 27, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: host Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: What tech helps you most since the onset of COVID 19.

CCB GTT Beginners Call, Tuesday, July 28, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific time: host Kim Kilpatrick

  • Topic, learning to use the IOS app Seeing AI.

CCB GTT Open Chat, Wednesday, July 29, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: host Kim Kilpatrick, , 

  • Topic, open discussion

CCB GTT Youth Zoom Call, Wednesday, July 29, 2020,

2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific: Host , Nolan Jenakov,

CCB GTT Open Chat, Friday, July 31, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: host David Green, 

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 East 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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, July 19 to July 25, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

Weekly CCB GTT Open Chats,

  • (Including a special guest and topic Wednesday)

CCB GTT Rural and Northern Ontario Call

and

 CCB GTT Youth Zoom Conference Call

You’re invited to the CCB GTT’s Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of July 19 to July 25, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  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.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

NEW, PLEASE NOTE…..

Enhanced security procedure. Please review, note and implement were required.

Special note about zoom bombing from Kim,

Recently a few of our meetings have been derailed by Zoom Bomber(s). These are folks that come into meetings with no intent to participate. There sole intention is to disrupt the session. There arrival includes vulgar language and/or disturbing video content. Once in the zoom room it is impossible for a host to get rid of them, so…..

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 in from a land line, please e-mail the meeting host ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in.

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

Phone 1-877-304-0968 or

email gtt@ccbnational.net

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Week of July 19 to July 25, 2020:

Monday, July 20, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host Nolan Jenakov, email him at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific time:

host Brian Bibeault, email him at gtt.northbay@gmail.com

  • Theme: a discussion about podcasts, podcatchers, what are they? How do you use them? CCB GTT Open Chat, use this link to atttend

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host Kim Kilpatrick, , email her at GTTProgram@Gmail.com

  • Theme: Our special guest Wayne Antle will describe and lead a discussion about IPhone reading apps. Followed by open chat starting around 2pm Eastern IPhone reading apps , use this link to attend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

host Nolan Jenakov, email him at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net

Friday, July 24, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host David Green, email him at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

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 East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Brian Bibeault, Volunteer, North Call Coordinator:

gtt.northbay@gmail.com

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

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

CCB GTT weekly meetings July 5 to July 11 2020 via zoom conference

Weekly CCB GTT Open Chats,

CCB GTT Youth Zoom Conference Call

and CCB GTT National monthly Call

You’re invited to the CCB GTT’s Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of July 5 to July 11, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  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.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

Week of July 5 to July 11, 2020:

Monday, July 6, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: Brian Bibeault and Corry Stuive will host.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: Gerry Chevalier:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific Time: Kim Kilpatrick and  Guest host:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific: Rebecca Jackson, Nolin Jenakov and David Green

Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 Pm Pacific: CCB GTT National Conferance Call

We will be joined by Charles Mossop who has been volunteering with the World Blind Union for 11 years and is currently president of the North American and Caribbean region. Charles will join us to tell us about the WBU, what it does, what it is, and what is going on currently. CCB GTT National call use this link to attend.

Friday, July 10, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: David Green and Guest host.

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, GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Brian Bibeault, Volunteer Coordinator:

gtt.northbay@gmail.com

CCB National Newsletter, “Visions” for June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Council of the Blind Newsletter

June 2018

 

 

“A lack of sight is not a lack of vision”

 

President’s Message++

1Louise Gillis – CCB National President

Now that spring will soon be changing into summer many chapters will be slowing down their activities and events. One big event that did take place in May was the annual Atlantic Sports & Recreation Weekend (ASRW).

This year the ASRW was sponsored by the CCB Sydney Chapter as everyone knows a lot of planning many months in advance has to take place with a group of individuals who work independently on varying items and then come together on a regular basis to see how it is unfolding then continue on that path or work out alternate plans. We had that process here even including “Mother Nature” to work with us and on Saturday for the outdoor events we had fantastic weather so all went very well.

We had 45 individuals with vision loss of one sort or another who took part along with their drivers, support persons and some family members. What really helps in an event like this is to have sufficient volunteers, accessible venues and persons who are properly trained in how they can help people with vision loss find their way and get to where they need to be so all events run smoothly without long wait times. I personally, along with our chapter, would like to thank all who helped make this a successful weekend. Lots of medals and ribbons were won. These are very special to each person and just the fact of being able to participate is very important whether you win or lose. Participants don’t need experience in the events just a desire to be part of all the excitement. See you all in Summerside PEI next May.

To see/hear an interview on AMI.ca with Laura Bain talking about her experience on the weekend in Sydney go to: http://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week-sports/media/ccba-sports-and-recreation-weekend

The last week of May was a very busy week as well. Braille Literacy Canada held their AGM. Also some workshops on Braille technology –what is best for the individual needs, cost, access, and how best to use the newest refreshable braille note-takers. Check out their website.

The World Braille Council also met in Ottawa. As most of us know Braille is used by blind and partially sighted people to read the same books, and periodicals as those printed in a visual font. It is used for all European-based languages and has also been adapted to present Arabic, and Asian languages as well. Learning to read and write in braille allows a child to be fully literate and they can excel in learning from any books published in braille form.

One of the important notes of this meeting was the shortage teachers of Braille in all countries including Canada. Another issue is teaching Braille to students with multiple disabilities and in many cases the blind student sits in the class without any education being received. The technology sector collaborated to develop universal standard for braille displays during the event.

The World Blind Union (WBU) is the global organization representing the estimated 253 million people worldwide who are blind or partially sighted. Members are organizations of and for the blind in 190 countries, as well as international organizations working in the field of vision impairment. ​The WBU Executive Committee had their meeting in Ottawa as well this week. Below are a few bits of information from that event.

{While I understand many may not be able to connect to the links below I think it is important to include them for those who can and also for others with computers to go to the websites to see more information to share with their members}. You can check out a video of WBU North America/Caribbean Regional President, Mr. Charles Mossop, welcoming members of the Executive committee, representatives from regions and international organizations to the WBU Executive Committee at http://ow.ly/m0va30kg6Rt.

Dr. M.N.G. Mani, CEO of International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) emphasizes the strong collaboration between ICEVI and WBU during the WBU Executive Committee meeting.

2WBU Members, Mr. Ajai Mittal, Mr. Arnt Johannes Holte, Ms. Martine Abel-Williamson, Ms. Donatilla Kanimba, Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder, Ms Michiko Tabata, Mr. Fernando Riano, Mr. Santosh Kumar Rungta

Ms. Donatilla Kanimba the WBU Second Vice President appeals for access and use of technologies to the benefit of people with visual disabilities. Dr. Aubrey Webson, UN Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda urges WBU to continue working within the UN system especially on SustainableDevelopmentGoals building on the promise of “leaving no one behind”.

“My first impressions here is how everyone comes from different continents to discuss issues we share together to improve the quality of lives of blind people” Ms. Nantanoot Suwannawut (Apple) from Thailand,

Each year, 37% of tourists with disabilities decide not to travel because of limited accessibility. With a strong EU AccessibilityAct that includes tourism the sector can generate revenues of almost € 90bn.

I, as President and our Executive Director, Jim Prowse accepted the Century of Change Award from the CNIB on behalf of CCB at Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa. It was presented by CNIB President and Directors at a dinner in celebrating a 100 years of changing lives CNIB.

This last several months the WBU has carried out several surveys – Barriers for Women – Empowerment and Leadership, Survey for persons with low vision, and one for Elderly Persons with results currently being compiled. These surveys have been sent out in previous Newsletters for members to complete.

In the upcoming month CCB will be preparing and providing further information on our upcoming AGM on June 27th for members.

Louise Gillis, National President

 

 

Announcements

 

CCB Toronto Visionaries to hold 5th Annual 5km Fund-raising Walk-a-thon & Beach BBQ! ++

 

On Wednesday, June 20th, the CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter will host its 5th annual 5km ‘Walk-a-thon & Beach BBQ’ along the Woodbine Beach Boardwalk in Toronto.  Funds raised at this event will help support the Visionaries’ Chapter operations for the coming year.

 

The site of the Walk was selected for its accessibility, with good access to public transit, accessible washrooms, and a path that is tactile and easy to follow.  The Woodbine Beach Boardwalk is a 3km long wood plank walkway with sand on either side, following the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto’s East End.  The Walk takes us from our picnic site, to the west end of the Boardwalk, where we turn and retrace about 2.5km and then return to the picnic area for a celebratory BBQ.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, all the trimmings, salads, potato chips and soft drinks will be served to all Walkers and sighted guides, free of charge, as all of the food is being donated by local merchants!  And since the only cost to our Chapter is the Parks permit, almost every dollar donated goes directly to our operating expenses.

 

In addition, the CCB Toronto Visionaries has invited other CCB Chapters active in the Toronto area and other blindness-related organizations to join us, making this a vision loss community event!  This year, the Visionaries will be joined by the Hands of Fire Blind Sculpture Group, the CCB Mysteries Chapter, and the Toronto Chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, each group raising funds for its own organization.  And the CNIB has not only lent us their BBQ, but will be transporting it to and from the picnic site!

 

But it’s more than just a blind community event.  We’ve partnered with so many other groups and organizations from the sighted community as well.  We’ve been working with City of Toronto Parks Recreation & Forestry, Toronto Public Health, and Boardwalk Place to secure the Special Event Permit.  We’ve partnered with local businesses, Bloor Meat Market, Cobs Bloor West Bakery & Nicholson’s No Frills, who are generously donating all the food for the Walk.  Our dedicated group of sighted volunteers will team up with any walker who’d appreciate an extra hand.  We’re even talking to Accessible Media Inc about the possibility of covering the Walk on AMI This Week, as part of our partnership-building strategy.  And if successful, we’ll have another tool in our communications toolkit, one that demonstrates the determination of the blind community to overcome barriers and exceed expectations.

 

The goals of this event are equally split between raising funds, bringing community partners together and encouraging member involvement.  While it is vital for us to raise money to fund our activities and events throughout the year, it is just as important to build a sense of community and encourage our members to come out, join in the fun, and set and exceed their own personal goals.  Not everyone can walk 5km and many don’t feel comfortable asking family or friends for charitable donations.  But to encourage as many people as possible to participate, we’ve made this a ‘Walk-what-you-can’ event, with members securing donations for whatever distance they think they can travel.  If you think you can walk 2km, then set your own goal and conquer it!  If walking 100meters is what you can do, secure donations to support that goal and come out and join us!

 

And if walking is not your thing, it’s perfectly okay to raise donations to participate as the cheering section!  If a CCB member, who thought their blindness meant they couldn’t possibly participate in, or contribute to, the success of our Chapter, comes out to the Walk, bringing a single donation of a few dollars, or even just coming out to cheer on the other walkers and be part of this event, then we’ve accomplished a big part of our mandate.  Its also great to know that so many of our members are out talking to their families, friends, co-workers and colleagues about the CCB and what it means to them.

 

In addition to all the community support we’ve received, our National Office in Ottawa has been enormously encouraging.  Being able to offer tax creditable receipts for donations makes a huge difference to our efforts.  Working with Mary Ellen Durkee, National’s Accountant, and the administrative team at the National Office, we’ve even been able to have donors direct funds to us through the donation link on National’s website, making online donations possible for any chapter without its own website or Pay-pal account.

 

At this year’s Walk, we’re targeting to raise a substantial portion of our annual budget to help fund the activities and programs so vital to our members throughout the year, and we’re hoping to increase the number of Walkers from last year who will come out to share our vision.  Walking with our peers, we’ll have encouraged our members to reach a little farther, strengthened the bonds between the CCB and its community partners, and we’ll have reached out to the broader sighted community for their support and to show them what we can accomplish.  We’ll be celebrating all this and more down on the Boardwalk, sharing a great BBQ on the Beach with friends on June 20th!

 

The CCB Toronto Visionaries

www.ccbtorontovisionaries.ca

 

Tele Town Hall Update++

As promised, at the end of our last tele meeting in March we committed to producing a report based on input from you over the course of our 5 tele town halls.  We are hoping to circulate these reports sometime in the summer; mid to late summer.

In the meantime, we wish you a super summer.

Signed

The tele town hall organizing committee

 

 

GTT Vancouver and New Westminster Meetings Agenda, The Accessible iOS Calendar App++

Get Together With Technology (GTT) New Westminster/Vancouver!

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind in partnership with Blind Beginnings and Vancouver Community College

 

People who are blind or partially sighted of all ages are invited to “Save the Dates” for these two sessions of the GTT Vancouver and New Westminster meetings where the Calendar App on iPhones/iPad/iPods will be demonstrated and thoroughly discussed.

 

June 2018 Theme: iOS Calendar App

Participants have expressed a desire to find accessible tools aimed at better organizing their busy leisure, work and volunteer lives, and one of those tools could be the great Calendar App found on the smart phones and tablets we now carry with us.  So, the upcoming GTT New Westminster and Vancouver meetings will work through the insertion of a calendar entry, how to set notifications, how to create a monthly recurring event, how to invite others to an event, and how to edit the date/time of an existing appointment.

 

 

 

Who Should Attend?

 

– People who would like to know what is possible to do with the iOS Calendar App;

– People who want to know how to set reminders for appointments;

– People who want to know how to invite others to their events/activities/appointments;

– People who want to know how to set recurring events like monthly meetings, birthdates etc;

– People interested in determining what other accessible Calendar Apps that are usable and accessible;

– People who want peer assistance with other assistive technology.

 

GTT New Westminster:

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Where: Blind Beginnings Office, 227 6th Street, New Westminster

 

 

For more information contact either Shawn Marsolais or Albert Ruel:

 

shawn@blindbeginnings.ca or 604-434-7243.

Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net or 250-240-2343

 

 

 

 

CCB Health & Fitness++:

 

THE VIRTUAL 5K!

 

On June 1st we were pleased to have 13 people from coast to coast…and actually across the pond in Europe, participate in our event.  The walk/run is to help folks aim for a fitness goal and then tackle it alongside their friends.  We are still waiting on updates from the west coast but in Chatham Ontario, we had a big group on a beautiful day!

 

Congrats to Brenda from the West coast for winning our draw prize!

We will be airing to set up some more challenges and events as the year unfolds, so keep active, send us any ideas you have in terms of a goal and stay tuned to our social media for updates

 

 

PODCASTS:

Just a reminder that our podcast is pumping out great content regularly and the episodes are generally 20-30mins so nothing too long but just long enough to provide some great health and fitness topics.

Everything from blood pressure, to axe throwing, we cover lots of random and useful things.  If you have a topic you’d love to learn more about, we encourage you to suggest them!!!

Simply search “The Canadian Council of the Blind” on your Apple podcast search app or anywhere you find your podcasts

 

As always, if you have questions, want to chat 1 on 1 with Ryan for some fitness advice, or any feedback at all, just drop us an email.

ccb.healthandfitness@gmail.com

Have an awesome day!!

 

RYAN VAN PRAET (R. Kin)

CCB Health & Fitness

National Program Manager & Coach

ccb.healthandfitness@gmail.com

226-627-2179

 

Go to our page: https://ccbhealthandfitness.wordpress.com

To find links to Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Podcast & Email Chat List

 

Chapter News++

News Updates from the Peterborough Chapter

 

Hello everyone,

We have been busy here in Peterborough and would like to share some of our successes with you.

 

Our very own chapter member Devon Wilkins organizes and host a weekly radio show on Trent Radio 92.7. Devon, along with co-host Simon Treviranous of The BIG IDeA, presents this one-hour talk show to showcase all things accessible in Peterborough. The program’s goal is to bring awareness to the general public about disabilities and the barriers that result, as well as other organizations in our community assisting those with disabilities.

 

Devon and Simon are focusing on abilities, highlighting the positive stories of people with disabilities of all kinds. Congratulations to Deon and Simon for making this a success.

 

Another project of the CCB Peterborough Chapter is a program called “From the Blind for the Blind”. We are collecting any gently used visual aids that people are no longer using and then redistributing them to other folks within our community who can use the items. Often someone just needs to try out an item for a while before purchasing one. Or sometimes an item cannot be purchased because of affordability.

 

We would like to collect as much as possible so we are able to share the items with those who can use them. Our chapter member Debbie Haryett and chapter volunteer Aileen Hill have been putting a lot of work into starting this project up. They are also working with The Lions Club, which has offered storage space for us to use. In addition many of our local optometrists and doctors’ office are giving their support. A huge thank you to both ladies for doing this.

We also have a wonderful summer planned with picnics, local outings, boat rides on Little Lake, and much more. We just finished a tour of our newly rebuilt Peterborough Library, where we were shown the many accessible features in this lovely building, along with information about audio books and other accessible reading materials.

 

Bringing awareness of CCB to the general community is an important goal. That’s why we will be participating in Peterborough Pulse 2018 on July 21st. For this summer festival, Peterborough’s main street will be closed down for the day and community groups, clubs, businesses and other organizations will line the streets to share their stories with the public.  We, of course, will be there to talk about CCB Peterborough. It’s a fun-filled day of music, friends and laughter.

 

Later in the year, the Senior Summit will be held gain in the fall. We are looking forward to having an awareness table there to showcase CCB Peterborough.

 

We are proud here in Peterborough to be an active chapter. And soon – through our very own website – we will be able to share stories and pictures, and showcase the partnerships we have developed within our community.

 

Peterborough chapter members are happy to be active, and we believe in our Abilities not Disabilities.

 

Now Listen to Eyes On Success Podcasts on Smart Home Devices++

We recently added a new way for listeners to keep up to date with the latest episodes of Eyes On Success.

 

Now you can listen to Eyes on Success on your Alexa or google smart home devices.  Simply ask Alexa or Google to “play Eyes on Success podcast” and you won’t miss a thing!

 

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We hope listeners enjoy this new capability and pass the word along to their friends.

 

The Hosts: Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey

Check out Eyes on Success (formerly ViewPoints)

A weekly, half hour audio program for people living with vision loss.

 

Find out more about the show and get links to past episodes at:

4Peter and Nancy Torpey

www.EyesOnSuccess.net

Find the podcast on iTunes or use the URL:

www.EyesOnSuccess.net/eos_podcast

Find us on social media at:

 

http://www.facebook.com/EyesOnSuccess

(http://www.facebook.com/EyesOnSuccess)

http://www.twitter.com/@_EyesOnSuccess

 

Meet the talking timer++

Hi there!  It’s Donna and as mentioned previously, I would like to concentrate on the lower levels of technology and today I’d like you to meet the talking timer.

 

Ah yes!  The talking timer and over the years this precious commodity has both shrunk in size and cost.  There was a time when the talking timer was not very portable and it was also extremely clumsy and clunky in shape.  Today however, the talking timer has shrunk in both size and cost and it is even now possible for you to stuff one in your pocket or purse.

 

The cost of a talking timer has also dropped dramatically and you can now buy one for less than $20.  The nice thing about the talking timer is that there is a variety of styles and sizes for you to choose from.

Some talking timers come with a talking clock add on while others do not.  I have both.

You can get a talking timer for your kitchen or have one that clips on to your belt.  I have a talking timer/clock that gives me the option of choosing different sounds for when the timer goes off and I also have one that does not give me the option.  They are both very portable and I can clip them onto my belt.

You’ll have to find the one that best suits you.  Just make sure that the one you want is the one you end up with.  The talking timer is a very nifty little gadget to have.  Use it to time your cooking and baking.  Use it when you wish to time yourself while you are pedaling away on your exercising equipment or use it for anything else.  The ones that I have work with AAA batteries.

 

Of course, the talking timer is now competing with other types of talking timers that can be found on your smart devices, and on your appliances.

 

Here are a few places for you to contact if you are interested to learn more.

CNIB – toll free = 1800 563 2642

Frontier Computing – toll free = 1-888-480-0000

Or visit http://www.futureaids.ca

You can also call them at 1-800-987-1231

 

So have fun now with your talking timer and see you next week.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on CELA++

The Centre for Equitable Library Access, CELA, is Canada’s most comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice. A national not-for-profit organization, CELA serves 90% of the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities in partnership with member public libraries. CELA provides access to more than 500,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience.

 

Our collection includes award winners, best sellers, fiction and non-fiction with a special emphasis on Canadian authors and stories, and favourites for kids and teens.

Patrons have access to close to 50 newspapers and 150 DAISY magazines which are available on the same day they are published.

 

CELA Services

In addition to our collection, CELA supports libraries by offering marketing materials, training and staff development opportunities. The CELA website includes a variety of tutorials and training videos to assist libraries, educators and patrons in learning and troubleshooting the technology and apps needed to access our collection. In addition, patrons can call our dedicated Contact Centre for assistance and support.

 

We provide a level of service unattainable if each individual library were responsible for providing the service within their existing capacity.

 

What’s New at CELA?

150 New DAISY Magazines Available!

 

  • Enjoy 150 of today’s most popular magazines as soon as they are published.
  • See the complete list of titles

On our new Magazines page, search the catalogue or browse by category to find your favourites.

  • Read the full text, including images, using popular DAISY apps for iOS and Android.
  • Tutorials are available on our website.

 

Books by “Big Five” audio publishers now available

Just in time for summer reading, CELA is thrilled to announce access to audiobooks by the big five publishers. Thanks to our agreement with Recorded Books, we are now able to add more popular titles, New York Times bestsellers and favourites our patrons have been requesting. New titles have already been added to our collection, including one of our most requested books, All The Light We Cannot See, current New York Times bestsellers, Little Fires Everywhere, and the High Tide Club, and the shocking memoirs by James Comey and Hilary Clinton.

 

More titles will be added in the coming weeks and months.  Look to our communications for highlights as they become available.

 

For more information or to become a CELA member contact:

members@celalibrary.ca or 1-855-655-2273

 

Assistive Technology

Great news! The world’s best print-reading app for the blind and print-disabled is now even better, KNFB Reader Version 3.0, from the National Federation of the Blind and Sensotec NV++

 

KNFB Reader 3.0 represents the continued evolution of over forty years of text recognition technology. It now has more features for a wider variety of users than ever.

 

Since its first release in 2014, KNFB Reader has been allowing users all over the world to get access to print anytime and anywhere. The latest version of this award-winning app sports a new look and feel to help you work better and faster. Navigation within the app is easier, with tabs at the bottom of the home screen to access key functions quickly and easily. The enhanced cloud support for Dropbox, GoogleDrive and OneDrive allows easy access to all your documents when and where you need them.

 

KNFB Reader 3.0 now reads ebooks and documents in the increasingly popular ePub format, as well as PDFs (image or text, tagged or untagged). This makes it ideal for students and professionals who must read content in multiple formats from multiple sources. The app is also customizable, so that people with different reading needs can tailor its settings to meet those needs. Now able to recognize and read documents in over thirty languages, KNFB Reader 3.0 is a comprehensive reading solution for people who are blind or who have low vision, dyslexia, or other reading differences.

 

KNFB Reader 3.0 is a free update for existing customers. For new customers, the app is now available for USD $99.

 

To learn more about KNFB Reader 3.0, visit www.knfbreader.com

 

If you already have the app and love it, help us spread the word to others. You can also follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KNFB-Reader-1454343774846792/?nr and Twitter https://twitter.com/knfbreader to join the conversation about KNFB Reader 3.0.

 

Foundation Fighting Blindness RESEARCH NEWS++

RNA Therapies for Inherited Retinal Diseases (IRDs)

Dr. Mary Sunderland recently participated in a tremendously inspiring meeting, hosted by ProQR, a company that is creating new sight-saving treatments and planning a new clinical trial for people living with Usher Syndrome.

 

Read more at: https://ffb.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=cd4791060c94bfb5970956f29&id=5d1ea2d382&e=fef32467b9

 

 

 

 

In the News

 

Ford Develops Smart Window Prototype For

Blind Passengers — Feel the View!++

 

Ford has developed a prototype smart window, allowing blind passengers to feel the passing landscape outside.

 

The ‘Feel the View’ technology was created by an Italian startup, Aedo in collaboration with Ford. The prototype uses vibrations to give a blind or partially-sighted passenger a sense of the scenery outside.

 

The technology takes pictures of the passing scenery from the outer side of the window. The images captured are then converted into high-contrast black and white pictures. These monochrome images are then reproduced on the glass using special LEDs. On touching the images, the various shades of grey vibrate at different intensities up to the range of 255. These vibrations allow the blind passengers to touch the scene and rebuild the landscape in their mind.

 

As the finger moves over the different parts of the image, different intensities of vibrations provide haptic feedback to the person using the technology.

 

The smart window technology also has an AI voice assistant, which uses the car’s audio system to give the passengers a context of what they are feeling.

 

A Ford spokesperson stated, “We seek to make people’s lives better and this was a fantastic opportunity to help blind passengers experience a great aspect of driving. The technology is advanced, but the concept is simple – and could turn mundane journeys into truly memorable ones.”  This technology of the Smart Windows is part of Ford’s Advanced Research. The company has no plans of introducing it in the market anytime soon. This might be part of Ford’s autonomous vehicle program to research how a vehicle will interact with its passengers when travelling.

By Rahul Nagaraj

 

Virgin Atlantic Launches In-Flight Entertainment for Passengers Who Are Blind++

Virgin Atlantic has recently begun offering specially adapted iPads which provide audio descriptions for films and programming. For example, the recorded narration will explain what is happening during gaps in a film’s dialogue.

The technology was designed by the tech firm Bluebox and was tested by Guide Dogs for the Blind. Passengers can specially request the iPad from the flight crew prior to takeoff. The service is available on all aircraft providing travel to various destinations, including North America.

Source: https://coolblindtech.com/virgin-atlantic-launches-in-flight-entertainment-for-blind-travelers/

 

 

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