GTT Get Together with Technology: Training by and for people who are blind/low vision

8/3/2016

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

And the

Saskatoon and Regina Public Libraries

GTT is coming to Saskatchewan and Manitoba!  Where established Chapters exists, blind and partially sighted GTT participants meet monthly to share their experiences using assistive technologies in their everyday lives at school, work, or at home.

Agenda for the Introductory Saskatoon GTT Meeting:

Location: Saskatoon Public Library
Cliff Wright Branch, 1635 McKercher Drive
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 2:00 until 4:00 PM

Agenda for the Introductory Regina GTT Meeting:

Location: Regina Public Library, Sunrise Library Branch
Multipurpose Room located at 3130 E. Woodhams Drive.
Date/Time: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 2:00 until 4:00 PM

Agenda for the Introductory Brandon GTT Meeting:

Location: Assinaboin Community College, 1430 Victoria Avenue East, Rooms 227 and 229.  Please use the “South B” entrance, and once you've entered the glass doors you will find security directly in front of you about 10  feet forward.  All weekend guests must sign in before proceeding to Rooms 227 and 229. 

Date/Time: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2:00 until 4:00 PM

Agenda for the Introductory Winnipeg GTT Meeting:

Location: Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue, in the Viscount B Meeting Room. This room is located on our 2nd floor, once stepping off the elevator guests can turn right, the room is the first door on the left.

Date/Time: Monday, August 29, 2016, 2:00 until 4:00 PM

Theme: Your Assistive Technology Needs, Your Questions, and all About Accessible Reading Material.


Topics:

  • ​In the first hour we will discuss what GTT is all about, how the Saskatoon Public Library can support your reading needs, and any topic on your mind related to blindness assistive technology. Please bring your technology along with your questions and answers.

  •  In the second hour, or as time permits we will start a general discussion on all things related to accessible books including portable and desktop talking book players and apps, NNELS Library, CELA/CNIB library, Bookshare and other eBooks such as Audible and Kindle.

  • Discuss book formats such as DAISY, eBooks, EPUB etc.

Who Should Attend?

  • ​Any blind or partially sighted person who is interested in learning how assistive technology can help you lead more independent lives.

  • Deaf-blind interpretor or captioning services: if you require said services please contact Albert Ruel with your stated requirements ASAP.

 

For more information contact Albert Ruel:

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550, or Mobile: 1-250-240-2343

Email: ggtwest@ccbnational.net

What is GTT?

Get Together with Technology was started in Ottawa, ON in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman to give people a chance to share low and high-tech solutions, tips, and resources, and was soon brought under the CCB National umbrella as another consumer driven service and participation initiative.

Empowerment is what results from opportunities to share.

GTT empowers members of the blind and visually impaired community by sharing information about assistive tools, strategies, and technology to help gain equal access to information, download audio books, music, and other reading materials through accessible Library Services, and use GPS for mobility and independent travel and so much more.

During GTT meetings, we set aside time where everyone is welcome to meet, share and learn, and you will also be asked to state what you hope to get out of your involvement in GTT so that we can build an inventory of needs.  From that we can recruit the peer resources needed in order to satisfy your needs, so bring your thoughts and questions for the group to discuss. 

GTT believes in sharing information and working together with our community and/or other organizations to build confidence through better understanding of adjustment to vision loss, and to use tools and technologies to improve access to information.  If you have any questions about the technology you are currently using, bring it, be it your Laptop/iPad/eBook Reader/DAISY Player/Cell Phone along and we will set you up with someone who has answers.  No question is too difficult to answer if we work together. 

CCB Background

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 for the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the "Voice of the Blind™". 

CCB National Office
20 James Street Suite 100
Ottawa ON K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968

Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: www.ccbnational.net

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