CCB BC Chapter Call In Open Session December 3, 2020

CCB BC-Yukon Division Chapter Call-In Open Sharing Session,
Thursday December 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time

To all CCB BC-Yukon Division Members,

Hello, the Division’s next Chapter Call In Session is Thursday December 3rd at 10:00 AM; with a shorter open session to allow us an extra treat of Musician and writer Dorothy Dittrich to give a short reading of Tippi and Stan’s adventures and to share her plans for January 2021.

And on December 17th from 10:00 AM to 12:00ish PM the Division will be hosting a Zoom Christmas party with door prizes, singing and more, it should be loads of jolly fun!  And remember there will be no Call In on December 24th.

  • You can now ask us to dial you into the meeting – to let us know, send an email message asking to be dialed in, and to receive email notifications of upcoming meetings,
    ccbbc-yukondivision@telus.net

 

Ways to participate:

  • click on the yellow highlighted meeting link we will send to you in order to automatically join
  • use one tap mobile for Smart Phones
  • call the toll-free number – you will be asked to enter the meeting ID and press pound (number key) – next you will be asked for your participant code. Just press pound again – next you will be asked for the meeting passcode and to press pound once again – you should then be connected

 

Looking forward to hearing you all soon.

***Ann McNabb, President

CCB BC-Yukon Division

 

CCB BC-Yukon Division Chapter Call-In Open Sharing Session,
Thursday December 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time

To all CCB BC-Yukon Division Members,

Hello, the Division’s next Chapter Call In Session is Thursday December 3rd at 10:00 AM; with a shorter open session to allow us an extra treat of Musician and writer Dorothy Dittrich to give a short reading of Tippi and Stan’s adventures and to share her plans for January 2021.

And on December 17th from 10:00 AM to 12:00ish PM the Division will be hosting a Zoom Christmas party with door prizes, singing and more, it should be loads of jolly fun!  And remember there will be no Call In on December 24th.

  • You can now ask us to dial you into the meeting – to let us know, send an email message asking to be dialed in, and to receive email notifications of upcoming meetings,
    ccbbc-yukondivision@telus.net

 

Ways to participate:

  • click on the yellow highlighted meeting link we will send to you in order to automatically join
  • use one tap mobile for Smart Phones
  • call the toll-free number – you will be asked to enter the meeting ID and press pound (number key) – next you will be asked for your participant code. Just press pound again – next you will be asked for the meeting passcode and to press pound once again – you should then be connected

 

Looking forward to hearing you all soon.

***Ann McNabb, President

CCB BC-Yukon Division

 

Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Tutorial, Onboard Storage, Part 2of2 on the CCB-GTT Podcast by Gerry Chevalier October 29, 2020

Hi BC-Yukon Division members.  This is the second and final tutorial aimed at getting you to learn all there is to know about your 2nd Generation VR Stream, which was posted originally to the CCB’s GTT blog and podcast sites.  If you need help registering your email address to automatically receive postings from those sites you can contact the GTT team at the contact info listed in this article, or contacting your Division staff/Board members.

Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Part 2 of 2, Online Bookshelves,

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), the voice of the blind in Canada.

Show Notes:

October 29, 2020

Theme:  Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Part 2 of 2

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com

In this 68 minute second of two presentations, Gerry demonstrates how to use the Victor Reader Stream online bookshelves to organize and play different types of Internet media. The Victor Stream is a popular digital talking book player for blind people manufactured by HumanWare. This second presentation focuses on managing online content including CELA Library Direct to Player books, Podcasts, Internet radio, and Wikipedia and   Wiktionary articles.

You will learn how to:

  • Connect your Stream to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Configure your Stream to use the CELA Library Direct to Player service.
  • Perform Stream multi-tap text entry.
  • Download CELA Library Direct to Player Books comparing the Stream’s automatic or manual download modes.
  • Use your computer to search the CELA Library for Direct to Player books.
  • Navigate the Stream Direct to Player bookshelf.
  • Return a Direct to Player book to CELA.
  • Navigate the Stream’s Podcast bookshelf and play podcasts.
  • Download new podcast episodes and delete episodes.
  • Configure the Stream for manual or automatic episode download.
  • Move an episode to the SD card.
  • Add or remove podcast feeds.
  • Backup your list of feeds to the SD card.
  • Change the HumanWare suggested podcast feeds.
  • Use the Stream’s Internet radio bookshelf to listen to radio stations.

Add stations to your favorites and delete stations you no longer want.

  • Select different HumanWare suggested playlists.
  • Create your own playlists.
  • Backup your playlists to the SD card.
  • Use the Stream’s References bookshelf to find articles on Wikipedia and
  • Save articles or move them to the SD card.

For more information about the GTT Program including one on one tech training contact:

Phone: (613)567-0311 or 1-877-304-0968

Email: ccb@ccbnational.net

Web www.ccbnational.net

 

 

Don’t Just Stand There…Scan It By Annette Goehring of ND Assistive

I’ve come across this blog post by Annette Goehring of ND Assistive that I thought many would appreciate learning about.  Check the link below for a detailed look at these 4 scanning stands.

Don’t Just Stand There…Scan It!

“iPads and tablets have become more widely used in our everyday lives and have provided an essential means of communication, and are used for education and entertainment for people of all ages.” The author goes on to say, “…many people who need to be able to take pictures of text and have it read back to them through apps, or those who need a tablet stand that’s ergonomically designed for someone with limited mobility or dexterity to be able to access the touchscreen and use it independently.”

Annette also said, “There’s a wide array of stands (both portable and mountable) available to choose from depending on the ability of the user and what they intend to use it for. Here are a few of my favorites.”

·     ScanJig and ScanJig Pro $50 – $56

·     Belkin Portable Tablet Stage – $80

·     Justand –  $99

·     2-in-1 Kitchen Tablet Stand Wall/Desktop Mount – $24

Pocket-sized 2021 Uncontracted Braille Calendar, $5 Each at Canadian Braille Service

Pocket-sized 2021 Uncontracted Braille Calendar

Produced by Canadian Braille Service

 

  • Measures 4 by 6 inches.
  • For a low price of $5.
  • Technology is great, but sometimes it’s just easier to have a paper braille copy at your fingertips.

 

To receive a high quality uncontracted braille calendar

Contact Joan Billesberger at
info@canbraille.ca.

Or call 604-984-4249

Check their website at:
Canadian Braille Service

 

How to Add Text Captions to iPhone Photos in iOS 14 by Rita Howells

How to Add Text Captions to iPhone Photos in iOS 14 by Rita Howells

Rita’s iDevice Advice for November 2, 2020

“Did you know that iOS 14 comes with a built-in feature that allows you to add captions to photos on your iPhone? Users no longer have to seek an extra app to add captions, and any captions added in the iPhone library will sync to the cloud if iCloud Photo Library is enabled.  This means captions created on your iPhone will be visible on all of your devices that have access to the iCloud.  this will make searching iPhone photos using Siri and the photo search bar much simpler and more accurate.

How to Add a Caption to an iPhone Photo in iOS 14:

Captions are handy for searching your iPhone photo library and for reminding you of certain details when you come across the photo later.  For these reasons, it’s best to keep the captions simple but useful; including notes about a Holiday or occasion if applicable, and any other keywords you may think of later when wanting to search for that photo.”

Please pass on this vital piece of information to your friends and family members so they too can accessibly label photos they may share with you, and if you learn these techniques you too will be sharing accessible photos with others.

Follow the above link to see the entire article which contains instructions for the sighted iOS user as well as Voice Over users.

 

Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Tutorial, SD Card, Part 1of2 on the CCB-GTT Podcast by Gerry Chevalier October 22, 2020

Hi BC-Yukon Division members, this valuable resource was recently posted to the CCB’s GTT Blog and Podcast sites, so if you’re not yet registered to automatically receive postings from those two sites ask your Division staff or Board for support and guidance.  In the meantime, if you have a 2nd Generation VR Stream don’t pass up this opportunity to learn more about its features and functionality.

Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves part 1 of 2, SD Card Bookshelves,

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), the voice of the blind in Canada.

Show Notes:

October 22, 2020

Theme:  Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Part 1 of 2

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com

In this 67 minute first of two presentations, Gerry demonstrates how to use the Victor Reader Stream SD card bookshelves to organize and play different types of content. The Victor Stream is a popular digital talking book player for blind people manufactured by HumanWare.

The Stream uses a bookshelf paradigm to manage content. Gerry explains the SD card bookshelves and what kind of content to place on each bookshelf folder of the SD card including DAISY books, Audible books, MP3 books, Podcasts, text files, and voice notes recorded by the Stream. You will learn how to:

  • Use Windows File Explorer to create folders .
  • Rename folders and place files into them.
  • Extract book folders from Zip files that you download from CELA Library and other content providers.
  • Unprotect a file downloaded from the Internet.
  • Transfer DAISY books and other types of files from your computer to the Stream SD card bookshelf folders.
  • Transfer an Access Technology Institutetext book to the Stream.
  • Organize songs by genre, artist, and album using subfolders on the Stream’s music bookshelf folder.
  • Archive Stream recorded notes by moving them to the Other Books and Podcasts bookshelves.
  • Navigate different book types on the Stream including Microsoft Word documents and DAISY Text books and use the Stream to search within these text books.
  • Search Wiktionaryand Wikipedia using the Stream.
  • Safely remove SD card media from your computer.

For more information about the GTT Program including one on one tech training contact:

Phone: (613)567-0311 or 1-877-304-0968

Email: ccb@ccbnational.net

Web www.ccbnational.net

 

Basic Windows From The Keyboard Tutorials on the CCB Podcast by Gerry Chevalier, Spring-Summer 2020

Basic Windows From The Keyboard Tutorial Podcasts

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology Program (GTT)

Presented by Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton@Gmail.com

During the spring and summer of 2020 Gerry Chevalier delivered to CCB-GTT Open Chat Zoom meeting  participants each Wednesday morning a series of beginner sessions aimed at getting PC users more familiar with basic keyboard access.  The below Windows from the Keyboard tutorial recordings will benefit all screen reader and magnification users as they focus on basic keyboard access to the PC’s operations.  In fact, anyone can benefit from these tutorials even if they just want to reduce repetitive motion strain caused by use of the computer mouse.

To listen to each episode listed here from your computer or smart device simply click on the individual session links provided, and PC screen reader users can use their Quick Navigation key B once on the episode site to access the Play/Pause button.  Press the Space Bar to activate it once found.

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 PodCatcher.

Happy listening!

 

Basic Windows From The Keyboard Tutorial Podcast List of Links:

Session 1: April 29, 2020

Theme: Intro Session Keyboard, Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar,

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 2: May 6, 2020

Theme: Desktop Shortcuts,

Show Notes and Podcast Link.

Bonus Session: May 8, 2020

Theme: Typio Accessible Typing Tutor App,

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 3: May 13, 2020

Theme: Task Bar,

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 4: May 20, 2020

Theme: Navigating and Selecting Text in Word and Outlook,

Show Notes and Podcast Link.

Session 5: May 27, 2020

Theme:  Windows File Explorer,

Show Notes and Podcast Link.

Session 6: June 3, 2020

Theme: Windows Recycle Bin and Using External Media,

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 7: June 17, 2020

Theme: Internet Browsing,

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 8, June 24, 2020

Theme: Microsoft Ribbons

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 9, July 1, 2020

Theme: Backstage View and Save As Dialog

Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 10, July 8, 2020

Theme: Microsoft Outlook

Show Notes and Podcast link.

 

How to access and download CCB Podcast Episodes:

PC Computer: all the above podcast episodes can be accessed and downloaded from;
http://www.ccbpod.podbean.com/

 

Here’s how to download:

  1. Open the episode you wish to download and navigate to the Download Link.
  2. In the Social Sharing section of the page is a Download Link along with the number of downloads to date. First letter navigation from the screen reader’s Links List won’t work to access this Download Link. Down arrow to it and press Enter once found.
  3. In the page that loads you will find another Download Link, and once the links are listed using the screen reader’s Links List first letter navigation will work. Press Enter to activate the function. The podcast will be found in your Downloads folder.
  4. To close the Downloads Page Use Control W, which will take you back to the episode page, and Alt left arrow will take you back to the main CCB Podcast page.

 

Moving Podcast Episodes to the VR Stream:

  • To move all your above episodes to the VR Stream as MP3 files, first create a folder in the $VROtherBooks titled Windows from the Keyboard Tutorials and move the episodes into it.

 

Who is Gerry Chevalier?

Gerry Chevalier was an entrepreneur and software developer of small business accounting systems for over 25 years. Over the course of his career Gerry became blind due to RP. He has used Windows primarily with JAWS for over 20 years. In 2004, Gerry joined HumanWare  as the Product Manager for their Victor Reader line of DAISY digital talking book players.

Now retired, Gerry volunteers as the co-coordinator of GTT Edmonton, a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind. GTT (Get Together with Technology) is a self-help peer mentoring group of blind and vision impaired people who use and want to learn more about assistive technology.

For more information, please contact your GTT Coordinators/Trainers:

Kim Kilpatrick 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 513

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

AccessibilityTraining7@Gmail.com

CCB-GTT Backgrounder:

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 of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman.  GTT aims to help people who are blind or have low vision in their exploration of low vision and blindness related access technology.  Through involvement with GTT participants can learn from and discuss assistive technology with others walking the same path of discovery.

GTT is made up of blindness related assistive technology users, and those who have an interest in using assistive technology designed to help blind and vision impaired people level the playing field.  GTT groups interact through social media, and periodically meet in-person or by teleconference to share their passions for assistive technology and to learn what others can offer from their individual perspectives.

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968

Email: info@ccbnational.net

URL: www.ccbnational.net

 

Government of Canada extends deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit to receive the COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities

In May 2020 the Canadian Council of the Blind reported its findings from a survey of Canadians living with vision loss as it relates to the Pandemic, and now we see some of the strategy employed by the Government of Canada to help ameliorate those hardships.  Read the CCB Press Release, Canadian Council of the Blind’s COVID-19 Impact Study Reveals Disturbing Reality for Those Canadians Living with Vision Loss: Speaking from her home in Nova Scotia, Gillis spoke of the need for government to recognize the circumstances presently impacting all Canadians with disabilities, but specifically the over 1,560,000 Canadians living with vision loss. “The vision loss community was too often marginalized and already socially and economically depressed prior to the arrival of the pandemic,” said Gillis, noting that, “the present situation has only served to magnify those barriers and obstacles.”

 

Government of Canada extends deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit to receive the COVID-19 one-time payment for persons with disabilities

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

See the full text of the Government  News release here:

October 23, 2020              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected the lives and health of all Canadians, and disproportionately affected Canadians with disabilities as they continue to face many long-standing barriers further heightened by the pandemic.

It is for this reason that the Government of Canada is continuing to ensure that the needs of persons with disabilities are supported. This includes the one-time non-taxable and non-reportable payment of up to $600 to support Canadians with disabilities to help with additional expenses incurred during the pandemic.

 

 

The one-time payment will help persons with disabilities deal with the expenses incurred during the pandemic, such as:

  • expenses related to hiring personal support workers and accessing other disability supports;
  • paying for increased costs for medical supplies and medication;
  • the purchase of personal protective equipment;
  • higher costs associated with physical distancing and working from home; and,
  • the increased use of transportation and home delivery services to obtain groceries and prescriptions.

The vast majority of eligible Canadians – nearly 1.6 million people – will begin receiving their payment on October 30, 2020, using direct deposit and mailing information from existing government programs.

Canadians eligible for the one-time payment for persons with disabilities include individuals who:

  • have an existing valid Disability Tax Credit (DTC) certificate;
  • are eligible and have applied for the DTC by December 31, 2020;
  • are a beneficiary as at July 1, 2020 of:
    • Canada Pension Plan Disability; and/or
    • Quebec Pension Plan Disability Pension; and/or
    • one of the disability supports provided by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).

 

“The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on every Canadians’ life, and particularly so on the lives of Canadians with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are dealing with increased costs for many of the essential supports they need, like safe access to food, medication and services. We have extended the deadline to apply for the Disability Tax Credit so that more Canadians with disabilities can access the benefit and get the financial support they need. We will continue to work closely with the disability community to support Canadians with disabilities and their families through this difficult time. Our Government remains committed to a disability inclusive pandemic response and recovery, and we continue to work to remove barriers and increase accessibility across Canada.”

– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

 

 

 

Testing Accessibility & Preventing Barriers in Library Reading Apps, an NNELS Report

Dear CCB BC-Yukon Division members, see below a full NNELS report on several audio reading apps and strategies for your enjoyment and edification.  In order to take advantage of all that the article has to offer please access it on the web by following the lik provided in the article’s title.

Testing Accessibility & Preventing Barriers in Library Reading Apps

 

Technological advances and mainstream devices such as tablets and smart phones that incorporate screen readers and magnification software out of the box have made it possible for people with print disabilities to access reading content from their mobile devices. Although the options for reading continually grow, there is minimal information available about the accessibility of apps that people use to read ebooks or listen to audiobooks, particularly through public libraries. To fill this gap, NNELS’ team of accessibility testers, all of whom have lived experience with a print disability, undertook a project to assess the accessibility of various mainstream public library apps. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

 

For the past two years, NNELS has conducted extensive testing of various apps including OverDrive, Libby, RBdigital and PressReader using screen readers and other assistive technologies. In order to perform a structured review of all features, we developed a detailed list of criteria for testing. Our team explored and tested the entire user experience for each app, from setting up a user account, to searching for books, magazines or other resources, to navigating results, checking out titles, and reading content. This human element was essential to provide feedback on the usability of different features in the various apps, and find issues that would result in barriers for individuals with disabilities trying to use these resources.

 

We wrote reports for each platform, including mobile apps in iOS and Android, the Windows and Mac versions of the platform (if available), as well as the websites. Each report highlights the accessibility of each app as well as the features that are not usable with assistive technologies, and includes recommendations to address some of the existing accessibility barriers, such as insufficiently labeled buttons and the need for more options for visual adjustments. These reports are also meant to provide information for public library staff, so they can advise their patrons on which products are most accessible for users of assistive technologies, and to create awareness about key features needed to increase access for users with print disabilities.

When we began this project we contacted all the app vendors to let them know about our initiative, as we wanted to ensure the feedback would be useful for their developers to improve their products. We shared the reports with the vendors, and invited them to respond. If they did respond, we have posted their comments on our website.

 

We did a new round of testing in the second year of this initiative, and this time our team beta-tested forthcoming updates to the Libby app, as well as the redesigned accessible version of the PressReader website, which is expected to become the main and only version in the near future.

 

We received some truly encouraging comments from PressReader and OverDrive:

 

NNELS has been instrumental in identifying the weaknesses of our legacy platform as far as accessibility standards go. Realizing that there was a lack of options, with regard to accessibility offerings in library digital providers, including ours; PressReader set out on a journey to prioritise a digital product that would be fully inclusive to all users. The goal was to provide a rich and equivalent experience for everyone regardless of if they are using assistive technologies or not. The new mode was re-imagined from the ground up keeping accessibility, usability, and aesthetics in mind. Our transportation vertical product was also built with the same accessibility in mind. Now PressReader, with all it’s magazines, newspapers, ebooks, and other digital content, will be available on cruise ships, airplanes, trains, taxis, and buses will be fully accessible as well.  I am pleased to report that NNELS has played a big part in our push for WCAG 2.1 AA conformity, and we are committed to an ongoing platform development and coordination with NNELS. I wholeheartedly support the work of NNELS and commend them for all their efforts.

Alex Kroogman, PressReader CEO

 

At OverDrive, we are committed to creating a truly delightful reading experience for all users. We are currently working on several updates to improve the usability of our Libby app with screen readers and assistive technologies. We appreciate the partnership opportunity with NNELS and the informative feedback they’ve provided to our team.

Ryan Fish, OverDrive Executive Vice President, Product Management & UI/UX

 

NNELS’s team is proud to learn that the reports played an important role in creating awareness among app vendors about the need to design for accessibility. In our experience, when content creators and developers realize  the importance of following accessibility standards, they are more open and willing to invest the time to correct issues and prevent accessibility barriers. For NNELS’ testers, it is exciting and empowering to know that our work is already improving accessibility of digital content. We believe that this is an exciting and important opportunity to improve accessibility of digital content through Canadian libraries and that it will have a positive effect on the lives of all readers across the country.

 

Coronavirus scammers are preying on public anxiety, by TERRI THEODORE, THE CANADIAN PRESS

I thought this article might be of interest for CCB members as we begin to be inundated with fraudulent calls, emails and social media posts related to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Check out the below link to the full article so you can access several important resources and stay safe.

 

Coronavirus scammers are preying on public anxiety, by TERRI THEODORE, THE CANADIAN PRESS

“The new coronavirus has spawned an increase in online and telephone crime, targeting anxious Canadians who are self-isolating at home in front of their computers, experts say.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has received more than 100 recent complaints linked to COVID-19, said Jeff Thomson, a senior RCMP analyst.

The list includes false ads for face masks, hand sanitizers or home-testing kits, charity fraud, extortion and “phishing” scams in which dishonest e-mails are sent out from what appear to be reputable agencies.

“The Public Health Agency of Canada, World Health Organization, federal agencies, Canadian government, you name it, they’re mimicking anybody and everybody that is an authority on this matter,” Mr. Thomson said.

Crime that plays on public fear isn’t uncommon, he said, noting U.S. law-enforcement agencies started charity-fraud units after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”

 

 

 

Motivation by spiritual awakenings.

What we practice daily is what we build a life on. Practice peace, love and kindness.

PRESS RELEASE: Viceregal Patronage for the CCB

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, to Serve as Viceregal Patron, to the Canadian Council of the Blind

February 26, 2020 – Ottawa, ON –The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is honoured that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has agreed to serve, as it’s viceregal patron. We recognize this longstanding practice and are comitted to Her Excellency’s goal “to build on this tradition of recognizing exceptional contributions to Canadian society, by increasing the reach and impact of this relationship.”

“The Council is humbled by the continued recognition of its advocacy on behalf of the 1,560,000 Canadians living with vision loss and its role in changing what it means to be blind,” said the CCB’s National President Louise Gillis. “Whether it’s an awareness initiative or advocating governments for improved access and funding, the CCB identifies and addresses the specific barriers and obstacles that confront those with vision loss living in Canada. Our original mission and role (outlined in 1944), to promote the well-being of people with vision loss through advocacy, education, gainful employment, social association, and achieving a better quality of life, continues to this day.”

Today’s Canadian Council of the Blind

The CCB is the Voice of the Blind™ in Canada. Founded 75 years ago in 1944 by returning blind veterans and schools of the blind, the CCB is a membership-based registered charity that brings together Canadians who are blind, living with vision loss, or deaf-blind through chapters within their own local communities that provide the opportunity to share common interests and social activities.

The CCB works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people with vision loss through advocacy and its dedication to building public awareness, improving the well-being of people with seeing disabilities and of its responsibility to promote and provide a better understanding of, and solutions for, the barriers faced by those living with vision loss all while shouting out, that a lack of sight, is not a lack of vision.

The CCB is proud of these efforts to change what it means to be blind, of its success in partnering and building relationships with other national and international organizations of, and for the blind. Most importantly, of its leadership role through initiatives that call for access to accessible, assistive technology, the provision of the very best in available medical treatments, and the fostering of patients’ rights, all while recognizing that blindness and vision loss are avoidable.

Monday motivation by spiritual awakenings.

No matter what life throws your way, no matter how unfair it may seem, refuse to play the victim. Refuse to be ruled by fear, pessimism and negativity. Refuse to quit.
Be a warrior and work through whatever life throws your way with courage, love and positivity. And continually push forward.
Because you are a survivor of the unfairness of life. You are stronger than you think. And you are capable of achieving far more than you believe.

Monday motivation by spiritual awakenings.

We each walk different paths, we all have separate mountains to climb. That’s not the difference though, the difference is what we do when we reach the top. Some do it with grace and kindly reach down and help another up. Some become privileged and think they are better than those at the bottom, some never reach the top at all but are always in an infinite struggle. I hope that if I ever reach the top of my mountain, that I have the grace and kindness in my heart to help someone climb their own. In doing so I hope to make their climb a little easier, and keep them from sliding back down.

THE BLIND CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO 2020

To All CCB BC-Yukon Division Members,

This information is being sent out for TEAM LIMITLESS – THE BLIND CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO 2020…

In preparation for our Mt. Kilimanjaro trek, CCB Team Limitless has made application for the Holman Prize and would appreciate your support by viewing the 90 second video link below. Please like it, post it, email, share, embed, call people to watch it, anything you can do to get it out there would be very much appreciated.

https://youtu.be/8M5cMqwXOB0

Winning the Holman Prize would be an incredible boost to our fundraising efforts.

The Holman Prize is brought to you by:
Light House For The Blind
The Holman Prize

The Lighthouse launched the Holman Prize in 2017 to raise awareness about blind achievement and reward ambitious projects by blind individuals.

Thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide.

Lori Fry – ODIFRY@shaw.ca
Team Limitless
www.teamlimitless.ca

Team Limitless is comprised of members from across Canada that include both totally and legally blind individuals along with their sighted guides.

Although each team member has their own personal reason for accepting the challenge, collectively the team will demonstrate the ability to overcome adversities while providing inspiration, hope and empowerment to others dealing with vision loss, blindness or other life challenges.

On September 1st, 2020 the trek will begin with Lori Fry and Jim Vinson representing British Columbia, Arlette Heck will represent Alberta along with other low vision and blind participants and their sighted guides from across Canada.

Team Limitless is now seeking contributions through sponsorship and donation to help raise funds to support their quest to conquer Mount Kili.

For further details, contact Lori Fry at 250-395-2452, Jim Vinson at 250-609-3088 or Arlette Heck at 403-625-9129. Email them at blindchallenge2020@shaw.ca

Mailing address:
100 Mile House & District White Cane Club
PO Box 1232
100 Mile House, BC
V0K 2E0.

Donations made by cheque should be payable to:
CCB 100 Mile House WCC.

GO FUND ME: No Sight, No Problem-The Blind Mount Kili Climb.

***Ann McNabb, President
CCB BC-Yukon Division

Positive vibes by spiritual awakening.

Believe in yourself and you can do unbelievable things.

Final Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall Held on June 6, 2019

Summary report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall Hosted by Sterling Creations and the Canadian Council of the Blind, June 6, 2019.

Please find attached the final Summary Report as promised, and for those who may not have access to attachments we have pasted a link to the report saved in a Dropbox folder that you may download.

Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall

50 50 Draw Winner

I am happy to announce that Dave Daley from Kelowna won $4,466 in our 2019 CCB BC-Yukon Division on May 1st. Dave a chef at Freedoms Door – a recovery center for men where CCB Member and Lioness Kathy Sanness volunteers – bought multiple tickets. Congratulations Dave and thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Division 50 50 raffle!

***Ann McNabb, President
CCB BC-Yukon Division

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