Call for Research Participants: help improve how the Federal government communicates through notifications

Call for Research Participants: help improve how the Federal government communicates through notifications


Have you received email alerts, status updates or notifications from the federal government and are interested in participating in interviews to help improve that experience? Anne-Marie Mulumba is a researcher for the Canadian Digital Service (CDS), a government department that improves access and use of government services. Her team is improving how the government communicates with you, so your feedback would be super valuable. If you or someone else you know might be interested to provide feedback, they can get in touch with Anne-Marie by emailing her at: You can also call her at 343-549-3273. She will get back to you with more details.


Exploring the use of smartphones and tablets among people with visual impairments: Are mainstream devices replacing the use of traditional visual aids?: Assistive Technology: Vol 0, No 0, by Natalina Martiniello

Dear GTT Blog readers.  I urge you all to check out this well done report by Natalina Martiniello and how it impacts the community of blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind people.  You will find the website to be well marked with Heading navigation, so click the below link with confidence.




Smartphones and tablets incorporate built-in accessibility features, but little is known about their impact within the visually impaired population. This

study explored the use of smartphones and tablets, the degree to which they replace traditional visual aids, and factors influencing these decisions. Data

were collected through an anonymous online survey targeted toward visually impaired participants above the age of 18, whom had been using a smartphone

or tablet for at least three months. Among participants (n = 466), 87.4% felt that mainstream devices are replacing traditional solutions. This is especially

true for object identification, navigation, requesting sighted help, listening to audiobooks, reading eBooks and optical character recognition. In these

cases, at least two-thirds of respondents indicated that mainstream devices were replacing traditional tools most or all of the time. Users across all

ages with higher self-reported proficiency were more likely to select a mainstream device over a traditional solution. Our results suggest that mainstream

devices are frequently used amongst visually impaired adults in place of or in combination with traditional assistive aids for specific tasks; however,

traditional devices are still preferable for certain tasks, including those requiring extensive typing or editing. This provides important context to designers

and rehabilitation personnel in understanding the factors influencing device usage.


Thx, Albert


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Turn off the built-in password manager in your browser

Turn off the built-in password manager in your browser


Learn how to stop your browser from asking to save your passwords, so it doesn’t interfere with 1Password.



To stop Safari from asking to save your passwords:


list of 3 items

1Click the Safari menu and choose Preferences.

2Click the AutoFill icon.

3Turn off all the AutoFill web forms settings: “Using info from my contacts”, “User names and passwords”, “Credit cards”, and “Other forms”.

list end



To stop Chrome from asking to save your passwords:


list of 3 items

1Click the Chrome menu    in the toolbar and choose Settings.

2Click Passwords.

3Turn off “Offer to save passwords”.

list end



To stop Firefox from asking to save your passwords:


list of 3 items

1Click the Firefox menu  in the toolbar and choose Preferences.

2Click Privacy & Security.

3Turn off “Remember logins and passwords for websites”.

list end


Microsoft Edge

To stop Microsoft Edge from asking to save your passwords:


list of 3 items

1Click the “Settings and more” menu    and choose Settings.

2Scroll to the bottom and click “View advanced settings”.

3Scroll to the “Autofill settings” section and turn off “Save passwords”.

list end


Internet Explorer

To stop Internet Explorer from asking to save your passwords:


list of 4 items

1Click the Settings menu  and choose “Internet options”.

2Click the Content tab.

3In the AutoComplete section, click Settings.

4Turn off “Forms and Searches” and “User names and passwords on forms”, then click OK.

list end


Published: Oct 2, 2018


REminder GTT national Conference call all about web browsers tonight March 9 7 PM eastern 4 pacific.

This is just a reminder of our regular GTT national conference call being held tonight March 9 at 7 PM eastern 4 Pacific.

OUr topic tonight is web browsers.

Which one do you use the most?

Which are the most accessible?

Which do you use on what device or system?

We will discuss the major browsers and talk about their pros and cons.

Bring your tips and suggestions and questions as well.

Here is the call in info


Passcode 5670422

National GTT conference call October 14 2015: 7 PM Eastern, 4 Pacific. Topic: How to surf the web!

Hello everyone. 

Our next national GTT conference call will take place on Wednesday October 14 at 7 PM Eastern, 4 Pacific.  Gerry Chevalier will lead us through tips and tricks on how to browse the web if you use screen reading software.  I know this has been a topic of interest for quite some time. 

Here is the conference call information. 


Passcode 5670311 If you have questions, contact