Getting Together with Technology

 Getting Together with Technology

“Close your eyes, now pick up your smartphone or tablet…keep them closed while you begin your everyday tasks on those devices. Impossible you say? For thousands of us who are blind or partially sighted this is the challenge. A challenge that with training and peer mentoring, can be overcome”. The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) has implemented a program called Get Together With Technology (GTT) which helps blind and partially sighted residents to explore and integrate assistive devices in their home and work lives. The groups meet monthly to discuss new and updated devices, and participants teach each other how to include assistive technology in their daily lives. Get individual personalized training on how to use your computer/smart phone/talking book player and other low and high-tech devices through the GTT Program. It offers exciting opportunities for people to engage with accessible technology through: 1) Accessible consumer-driven training 2) Hands-on experience with new technology. 3) Individualized and group skill development 4) Peer leadership and mentoring The GTT program was started in Ottawa 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. The Ottawa GTT group meets at the CCB National office on the third Monday evening of each month to discuss a different topic as selected during the first meeting of the year, and also hosts a monthly daytime group for people new to blindness and assistive technology during the day on the third Thursday of each month. The Nanaimo GTT group started meeting in 2013 and meets in the afternoon of the first Saturday of each month at the 710 Club, also with focus on a specific topic each time. The Victoria GTT group started meeting in 2014 and meets in the afternoon of the first Wednesday of each month, and for March, April and June will meet in the Fort Tectoria ground floor meeting room at 777 Fort Street. GTT National Teleconference calls are another way you can stay involved and informed no matter where you are. Under the leadership of Kim Kilpatrick and Albert Ruel, regular National GTT Teleconference meetings will be started on February 11 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time and will be held on the second Tuesday of each month thereafter. Stay tuned for periodic announcements on the GTTProgram Blog and the GTT Facebook Group. Your participation and TOPIC ideas are welcomed. In order to get information about upcoming GTT meetings and conference calls as well as meeting notes and resources, please subscribe to the GTT blog. To register please visit the web page below by clicking the button link at the bottom of the page. To access the GTT Program on Facebook please visit: On Twitter you can follow GTT by looking for: @GTTProgram  Albert is also available for individual or small group ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY support. For more information please contact: Albert Ruel on the West Coast:  Cell: 250-240-2343 Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email:

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