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Technology Programs

Our tech programs include introductions to new, accessible technology options like smartphone apps and the latest devices for people with varying degrees of sight loss. There are opportunities for learning, sharing and problem-solving in groups and one-on-one. Register for a program or workshop today!

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CNIB Tech Extravaganza 2.0

Due to popular demand, we're adding another monthly dose of our weekly Wednesday afternoon tech discussions. CNIB Tech Extravaganza 2.0 is a monthly discussion group that is joined by members all over the country to come together and talk everything tech. This technology workshop meets via Zoom web conference on the second Saturday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Tech Drop-in Session

Are you having challenges with using your technology or do you simply have questions about something new? Join us for a forum discussion by teleconference. Tech successes are welcome too! Many heads are better than one! The technology drop-in session meets via Zoom web conference on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Call-in information will be given upon registration.
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Tech Talk Tuesday

"TechTalk Tuesday” is an online group that has been operating, in one form or another, for the past 15 years. Although it is called TechTalk, we will discuss anything that is useful to the group in general: including anything to do with technology. This group runs via Zoom web conference every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. Atlantic Time. Call-in information will be given upon registration.
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Techstravaganza

This virtual group brings people with sight loss together to discuss any technical issue that affects their every-day lives and to share ideas and experiences that might be helpful to the group. You don't have to be "technical" in order to participate in group discussions. The tech talk group meets every Wednesday via Zoom web conference from 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.

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Phone It Forward: Basics and Beyond

If you have received an iPhone from the Phone It Forward program, this series is for you. Get oriented to your phone, learn about the accessibility features on it and be introduced to apps that will make life easier. This technology workshop meets via Zoom web conference on the third Thursday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Tech Drop-In: Android

Calling all Android users! Do you feel lost in a world of iPhones and iPads wondering who to talk to about your Android devices? You’ve come to the right place! This tech group will look at TalkBack, Ok Google and other accessible features with Android's operating system. Plus, we'll provide you with helpful tips and an open forum for questions and troubleshooting. This technology workshop meets via Zoom web conference on the third Friday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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VoiceOver Workshop Series

This monthly series will cover all things Voiceover on iPhones and iPads. We will discuss things like using VoiceOver with the Messages app, using the VoiceOver rotor, and using VoiceOver with the Mail app just to name a few. Each session will feature 20 minutes of presentation content and 40 minutes of interaction. This technology workshop meets via Zoom web conference on the last Thursday of every month from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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CELA Library – Accessible Reading for All

Bookworms take note – you won’t want to miss this session! Rachel Breau and Spirit Pilkington with the Center for Equitable Library Access will talk about what CELA is, as well as their relation to CNIB. They’ll then cover registering for library service, what’s in the collection, the various formats and delivery options, and which devices work with CELA reading materials. You’ll then be treated to a thorough walk-through of Dolphin Easy Reader and how it can now be used to search for and download books – all from within the app. This technology workshop meets via Zoom conference Wednesday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Aira: What It Is and How To Use It

The Aira app connects a blind user with a sighted agent who uses the phone's camera to assist with daily living tasks. These tasks can include: reading mail, identifying expiry dates on groceries, telling you information on products, and some aspects of independent travel, just to name a few. Join us to learn more. The app will be demonstrated during the session. This technology program meets via Zoom web conference on Thursday, February 3 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Tech with Kiri: VoiceOver Rotor

The VoiceOver Rotor allows you to quickly access different the voiceover settings and its many functions, for example, speaking rate, handwriting, volume, navigation style, image description and so much more. As you spin the Rotor wheel, a new command name is spoken and made active. During the session we review the different options the Rotor provides and where you can use these voiceover functions. This technology workshop meets via Zoom web conference on Friday, February 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.