Gaming Blind | Accessible Media Inc.

After losing her sight, Shelby Travers thought video games were a part of her past. Join her as she discovers how accessible gaming is to the blind and partially sighted community today, picking up a controller for the first time in 10 years.
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Next GTT Atlantic teleconference all about travel on Wednesday June 20 at 7 Pm Atlantic time.

Hi there everyone.

This is just a reminder of our next Atlantic GTT meeting.

This will take place this coming Wednesday June 20 at 7 Pm Atlantic time. 7:30 in Newfoundland.

OUr topic is travel.

Travel apps, travel services, travel devices.

All about travel.

Call in info is:


Passcode: 5670311

Reminder next Ottawa GTT night tonight Monday June 18 6-8 Pm all about fitness.

This is just a reminder of the next Ottawa GTT meeting.

Shelley Morris and Diane Bergeron will be talking all about fitness.

What devices should you have? What are most accessible?

What accessories do you use? What programs are the most accessible?

Join us tonight in Ottawa at the CCB National office 20 James street.

From 6-8 Pm

For more information, call Kim at (613) 552-0533

Or e-mail

GTT Parksville Qualicum Beach Low Vision Support Group, Ability Vs Disability by Sherv Shragge, June 28, 2018

Parksville Qualicum Beach Low Vision Support Group


Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind



You’re Invited to the next gathering of the PQB Low Vision Support Group on June 28, 2018, where we will hear from Sherv Shragge, a retired CBC radio and television broadcaster and journalist.


Please share this invitation widely to anyone you think will benefit from our collective knowledge.


Monthly low vision Support Gathering:


Theme: Ability Vs Disability by Sherv Shragge

When:  Thursday, June 28, 2018, 1:30 until 3:00 PM

Where:  The Gardens, 650 Berwick Rd North, Qualicum Beach



Sherv Shragge, retired CBC Journalist and Broadcaster will entertain the group with interesting and humourous tails of his early days in broadcasting on CJAV radio in Port Alberni and CKNW in Vancouver.  He will sprinkle throughout his presentation stories about vision loss and adaptation taken from his personal journey to blindness.

  1. Light refreshments provided.
  2. Will the group wish to meet during July and August, or will we take the summer off and re-assemble in September?



Please call Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email at



CCB Tech Articles: Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Talking Thermometer, June 11, 2018

June 18 2018

Meet the talking Thermometer


Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about the talking thermometer.


Meet the talking thermometer


There used to be a time when dreaming of having a talking thermometer was just that; just a dream!  No more!  This nifty device has been on the market now for several years and you can find them as either stand alone units or folded into other gadgets.


As an example, you may find talking thermometers that also tell you the time.  Mine tells me the time as well as both the indoor and outdoor temperatures.  It tells the time on the hour.


Again, it is the best of both worlds.  The advantage of a stand alone unit may be that there are no other add-ons to it; clock, alarm, time, and so on.  The advantage of having it as part of another gadget is that you get other things with it but if that main gadget breaks or stops working then there goes the thermometer along with it.


Almost all talking thermometers will give you the temperature in both Farinheight and Celsius versions.

So go out there and make friends with the talking thermometer.


Want some contact info?

Here are a few places for you to contact if you are interested to learn more.

CNIB – toll free = 1800 563 2642

Frontier Computing – toll free = 1-888-480-0000

Or visit

You can also call them at 1-800-987-1231

There is also no harm in checking out and


If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

Audio mysteries for all ages –

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.


To contact me, send me an email at and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.




GTT Chilliwack Meeting Agenda, TBA, June 25, 2018

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)


Get Together With Technology (GTT) Chilliwack


You are invited to the next session of the Chilliwack GTT group, a group dedicated to the learning and sharing of information about assistive technology useful for those living with low vision, blindness or deaf-blindness.


Theme: To Be Announced

When: Monday June 25, 2018

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: Chilliwack Public Library, Community Room

45860 First Avenue, Chilliwack


First Hour:

CCB Chilliwack member, Ginny McCormack, will facilitate a discussion about matters important to the group.  No specific topic was established at time of the circulation of this document.

Second Hour:

Following a break we will open a Get Together with Technology (GTT) discussion about what devices we might be having trouble with, or those great new gadgets we’ve recently discovered that we might want to show-off.  Bring along those gadgets you want help with, and those you want to show others.


For more information contact:

Ginny @ (604) 378-9676


CCB 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™”.



CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: URL:



Next GTT Toronto Meeting Thursday June 21 6-8 PM

Hey Everyone!

The ‘Get Together with Technology’ (GTT) Toronto adaptive technology user group will be meeting on Thursday June 21 from 6pm to 8pm at the CNIB Community Hub, 1525 Yonge St.

This month, Adaptive Technology Trainer, Adam Struth, will be covering:

• Internet browser basics,

• information about the structure and organization of web pages,

• accessing web pages using JAWS and iPhone VoiceOver commands.

This GTT session is intended for beginners and users relatively new to Assistive Technology.

As always, snacks will be served.

Bring your devices, bring your questions, and get connected with the adaptive technology that can open up your world!

Next GTT National Teleconference Wednesday June 13 7 Pm Eastern. Keeping yourself safe from scams.

Computer, internet, and telephone scams are getting much more sophisticated We are getting complicated e-mail scams which seem to come from banks, paypal, and other companies and organizations.

We are also getting telephone scams and ones that appear when we browse on line.

Come and share your tips and tricks about how to stay safer on line, over e-mail, with your smart phone and land line.


Wednesday June 13 2018.

Time: 7 Pm Eastern

Call in info:


Passcode: 5670311

CCB Tech Articles: Donna’s Low Tech Tips, At The Table, June 11, 2018

June 11 2018

At the table


Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to talk about things to consider while at the table.


To locate items at your place setting, start at the edge of the table and with your fingers                            curled and arms flexed, move gently toward the centre of the table until you find your plate.  With fingers low to the table, extend arms and fingers gradually to the right and left to find silverware, teacup, glass, salad bowl, bread and butter plate, etc.  Accidents can happen easily, so remember to keep your hands on the surface of the table and move slowly.  If you cannot find the item you need, ask for it to be passed to you.


To determine contents on a plate, use the tip of your knife or fork to gently probe the food on the plate, noting the difference in the texture, shape, smell, and location of the food on the plate. Try to determine any special characteristics.  Are there paper containers of relish?  Is the baked potato cut down the middle?  Does it contain any sour cream or is a separate container provided?  Is there finger picking food on the plate?  Does the meat have a “cooking-directions” marker pierced into its middle?  Does the meat have a bone?  Is the decorative salad cut or are there large lettuce leaves?  Is there a separate container of gravy or sauce on the plate?  Such questions are endless, yet each is easily answered by thoroughly checking out the contents with your utensils and determining the characteristics of your food before you start to eat.  As with most people, you will make the occasional mistake or misjudgment.  Laugh it off, learn by it, and go on.  If you are doubtful or need affirmation of your plate’s content, don’t be afraid to ask.


A sighted person may describe the location of the various items on the plate. Imagine the plate to be like the face of a clock.  For example, if peas are located at the top of the plate, it is said that the peas are at 12 o’clock.


You may find it helpful to turn your plate so that foods that require cutting or special attention, such as meat or corn on the cob, are brought to the bottom of the plate (6 o’clock position).  In this way they are easier to locate and manage without reaching over other foods.


“Loose” food such as peas or corn can be difficult to pick up.  Many people use a “pusher” such as a piece of bread, a roll, or a knife to help guide food onto the fork.  Another idea is to gently move the “loose” food, i.e., peas, against a barrier of “solid” food, i.e., mashed potatoes.  This will give you the advantage of being able to get under the “loose” food, as the barrier prevents such food from moving around the plate.


While eating, direct the motion of the fork or spoon toward the centre of the plate. Food on the plate should be pushed inward for it tends to move out to the edge of the plate during the normal course of the meal.


As you eat, be aware of the weight of the food on your fork or spoon.  With practice and patience, you will soon be able to gauge whether you are lifting an appropriate amount of food.


When sprinkling salt from a shaker onto food, sprinkle first into the palm of your hand to determine the amount and how fast the salt is flowing.  This will prevent a fast-flowing shaker from ruining your food.


It’s easier to put sticky jam, honey, etc., on your bread if you use a teaspoon to scoop it out of the jar and then use the back of

the spoon (or a knife) to spread                      it.


People who are visually impaired should keep colour contrast in mind when setting the table. White plates almost disappear on a white tablecloth but show up well against a plain dark tablecloth. Similarly, if food is dark (such as roast beef), use light dishes and if food is light (fish, cheese, eggs) use dark plates.


It is fine to make special requests (ie., to have meat cut or shellfish served out of the shell) when eating away from home.


Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance at home or when                                     eating out.


I hope that these tips are helpful to you.


If you would like to become a member of  my CCB Mysteries chapter you can do so for the price of $10 annually and in return you will receive unlimited access to either of the following libraries.

Recipes –

Audio mysteries for all ages –

Or you can subscribe to both for the price of $20 annually.


To contact me, send me an email at and I’d be happy to respond.

Have yourselves a great day and see you next week.