GTT National and Edmonton Meeting December 9, 2020

Summary Notes

The most recent meeting of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held December 9 7pm as a Zoom virtual meeting and was combined with the GTT National Zoom meeting.

29 people attended.

IMPORTANT: Read the Additional Resources section following the meeting notes to learn about one on one telephone support, the National blog, CCB Podcast, Zoom meetings, and the support email list.

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December Topic: Canadian Assistive Technology

Steve Barclay, owner of Canadian Assistive Technology, was our guest. Steve reviewed several of his most popular products of interest to blind and low vision people. These included:

Braille Me (an affordable $750 20 cell 6 dot refreshable braille display)

Orbit Writer (a compact inexpensive $135 braille keyboard)

Orbit 40  (40 cell 8 dot refreshable braille display $1890)

Compact 10          (Electronic magnifier with some unique features)

Magnilink Tab Electronic magnifier

Low Cost Devices For Christmas Gifts

Steve suggested the following:

  • WayAround tags only about $1 each (clips, buttons, stickers, magnets) for the WayAround audio labelling system.
  • Typio Accessible Typing Tutor ($135) for all ages who want to learn touch typing.
  • Orbit Writer (a compact inexpensive $135 braille keyboard)
  • Sunu Band ($295) is a sonar smartband that uses vibrations to aid navigation for visually impaired.
  • For many more ideas simply visit CanAssTech Products page and sort from lowest to highest price among low vision or blindness product categories.

Simple MP3 Players

Steve was also asked about simple MP3 players with minimal buttons suitable for elderly. Although he doesn’t sell them he suggested trying the following 2 devices on Amazon.

iGuerburn Upgraded 16GB Simple Music MP3 Player

Simple MP3 Music Box for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Next Meeting (Monday January 11 at 7pm)

The next GTT Edmonton Chapter meeting will be January 11 at 7pm. Topic TBA.

The meeting link will be included in the agenda which will be emailed in early January.

Additional Resources

Telephone Training and Support

Contact the CCB national office GTT coordinators to book one on one telephone training.

Kim: 877-304-0968 Ext. 513


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

GTT Blog and Regular Zoom Meetings

CCB sponsors more than a dozen monthly Zoom meetings on technology, lifestyle, and open chat socialization.  You may wish to read the GTT blog to find email notices of the Zoom meetings and other information such as the weekly Windows from the Keyboard Tips. If you would prefer to receive the blog posts in your email inbox, then you may activate the Follow link at the bottom of the blog web page to enter your email. IF you have difficulty contact Kim or David for assistance.

CCB Podcast

CCB sponsors a podcast feed. Use your favorite pod catcher app or the Victor Reader Stream book playing device to subscribe to the feed. Search for “CCB” (Canadian Council of the Blind). You will find episodes on technology as well as general interest topics such as CELA Library, NNELS Library, WBU, and more.

GTT Email 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:

GTT Edmonton Overview

  • GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each 2 hour meeting consists of a feature technology topic in the first hour and a general tech discussion in the second hour. If you know someone in the Edmonton area who would like to be a part of our group, simply ask them to email their full name and vision status (blind, low vision, sighted) to:

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CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, December 6 to December 12, 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.


Monday, December 7, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, what is the best tech gift you ever got? Followed by open tech chat.



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

Presenters, Kim Kilpatrick and Nolan Jenikov

Topic, Shopping part 2. The Apple store, gift certificates, Uber and Uber eats



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

Host, Gerry Chevalier

For the past several years, Gerry’s GTT Edmonton group has welcomed Steve Barclay (owner of Canadian Assistive Technology) to attend his December meetings in person. We are once again happy to welcome Steve and open up his presentation to our national call participants. Steve will discuss products that he is excited about this year.



Thursday, December 10, 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



Friday, December 11, 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

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