CCB Technology Buy, Sell and Trade Email List is up and running

Hi all.  For those of you who have previously enjoyed assistive tech to donate or sell, or if there are things you seek please subscribe to this new group and hopefully you will find the perfect device, or a new home for those items no longer needed.

To register please send an email message to:

Tell all your friends about it as well so we can capture a large number of donors, sellers, buyers and traders.  Not that we want the political type of traders, but we’ll welcome the assistive tech traders and users.

Companies may only advertise special sales and donations of used equipment, not their new offerings.

A full set of rules will be released soon, so stay tuned.  Of course it stands to reason that the CCB will not assume any responsibility for the quality or value of the equipment/software exchanged on this list, and anyone offering or requesting illegal items will be removed.

Now, let’ss start trading!

Thx, Albert


Albert A. Ruel, GTT Coordinator

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Get Together with Technology Program (GTT)

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550

iPhone: 250-240-2343


GTT Blog:



Facebook Group:

Twitter: @GTTWest @GTTProgram @CCBNational

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CCB Tech Articles: Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Clothing, April 16, 2018

April 16 2018



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

Today, I’d like to touch on the subject of clothing.


Clothing in a closet is easier to find when it is organized. For example, garments may be separated by color, or casual                          clothes may be placed at one end of your closet and formal clothing placed at the opposite end.

Place matching outfits (for example a suit jacket, shirt, tie and slacks) on one hanger or several hangers tied together.

A variety of closet organizers and shelf units are available in hardware or department stores.

To identify clothing color, cut a geometric shape (from cardboard or plastic) to place over the hanger.

Put a large print and/or braille label on the geometric shape.


In order to distinguish one clothing item from another, look for differences in texture, style, type of buttons, collars, hems, etc.


If you have two pieces of clothing which are identical except for color, attach a small safety pin to the tag or label of one garment; sew one button or several buttons on the inside of a hem or a seam to identify colors.  (Small, flat buttons work best.)  Similarly, small braille clothing tags or an embroidery stitch can be placed on the underside of a garment to indicate color on similar designs of clothing.


That’s it from me for today and I hope that my tips are helpful.


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.


Have a super day and see you next week.


GTT Northern Ontario and Rural Conference Call Meeting Invitation, Talking Book Devices and Audio Books, April 19, 2018

GTT Northern Ontario and Rural Conference Call


An Initiative of the

Canadian Council of the Blind


Theme: Digital Talking Book Machines and Audio Books

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Call-in: 1-866-740-1260, Access Code 5670311#


Hello everyone,


This Thursday, April 19, our regular Northern Ontario and Rural GTT group will be meeting via teleconference at 7 p.m.  The topic is: digital audio talking book machines, reading books on devices such as tablets or smart phones and where we can obtain audio books.


This GTT Northern Ontario and Rural GTT teleconference call will be lead by Kim Kilpatrick and Brian Bibeault.


Hope to talk to you on Thursday evening.


This is a teleconference for Northern Ontario people and those living in rural areas.


The call in information is below:


Access Code 5670311


For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators:


Albert Ruel                   or                          Kim Kilpatrick

1-877-304-0968,550                      1-877-304-0968,513      


New Dial-in Option Available: GTT Toronto Meeting Invitation, What’s New At CSUN, April 19, 2018

GTT Toronto Adaptive Technology User Group

April 19, 2018


An Initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind

In Partnership with the CNIB


*Note: Reading Tip: These summary notes apply HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading.

*Note: Conference call dial-in/log-in info is available and found below for this meeting.


Hey Everyone, You’re Invited!


The topic:

This month, our topic will be what’s new from CSUN. The presenter will be Stephen Ricci.


The Date & Time:

Thursday, April 19, 6:00 PM til 8:00 PM

The Place:

CNIB community Hub at 1525 Yonge St.


Dial-in/Log-in Info:

We will be offering a conference call for this Thursday’s GTT meeting. The info is below. This is experimental, so I can’t guarantee this will be available for every meeting. For the best audio quality, I recommend joining from your computer.


If you use an iPhone, the iPhone one-tap option below will dial the phone number and the conference code automatically.


Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


Or iPhone one-tap :

Canada: +16475580588,,570704627#

Or Telephone:

Canada: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 570 704 627



This month, our guest presenter will be Stephen Ricci from Frontier Computing.  Stephen has recently returned from the CSUN Adaptive Technology Conference in San Diego, California,  and will be bringing us up to speed on the latest developments in adaptive tech for those living with vision loss.

As usual, light refreshments will be served.

And don’t forget, you can get the notes from our past meetings at


So, bring your adaptive technology, and your questions, and join the GTT Toronto adaptive technology user group!


To visit GTT Toronto’s web page for meeting announcements and summary notes visit this link.


Date and Location:

  • Location: CNIB Community Hub space at 1525 Yonge Street, just 1 block north of St Clair on the east side of Yonge, just south of Heath.
  • Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 6PM.


GTT Toronto Adaptive Technology User Group Overview:

  • GTT Toronto is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Toronto promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each meeting consists of a feature technology topic, questions and answers about technology, and one-on-one training where possible.
  • Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
  • There are GTT groups across Canada as well as a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:

There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.


GTT National Conference Call: Emergency Alert System Website Follow-up From April 11, 2018 Discussions

Fellow GTT Participants, here is the text of a Federal Government website related to the Emergency Alert System discussed during the April 11, 2018 GTT Nat Con Call.


Emergency Alert Messages and the National Public Alerting System (NPAS)


Emergency Alert Messages and the National Public Alerting System (NPAS)


In 2014, the CRTC required that FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television stations, as well as

subscription-based broadcasting service providers

Footnote 1,

to participate in the National Public Alerting System (NPAS).


Since April 6, 2018, the CRTC requires that all wireless service providers participate in the NPAS and begin distribution of wireless public emergency

alerts on their long-term evolution (LTE) networks.


Emergency alert messages are issued by public officials

Footnote 2

who are designated by the federal government or your province or territory to warn the public of imminent or unfolding hazards to life and property (e.g.,

fire, natural disasters, biological threats, hazardous materials, environmental disasters, civil emergencies). These officials are also responsible for

issuing scheduled test messages.


Each year, during Emergency Preparedness Week in May, wireless service providers and broadcasters will distribute a test alert. Read more about alert types

and testing at

Alert Ready.


For more information about the NPAS:

National Public Alerting System.


The list of subscription-based broadcasting service providers currently participating in the NPAS


The following list indicates the subscription-based broadcasting service providers that distribute emergency alerts. If you subscribe to one or more of

the subscription based broadcasting service providers below, you should be receiving emergency alert messages. If you require more details, please contact

your broadcasting service provider.


Subscription-based broadcasting service providers that distribute emergency alert messages:

list of 24 items

  • 2251723 Ontario
  • Access
  • AEBC Internet
  • Bell
  • Bell ExpressVu
  • Bragg Communications Incorporated
  • Câblevision du Nord de Québec
  • Cogeco Connexion Inc.
  • IAAK Technologies
  • K-Right Communications
  • Nexicom Communications
  • Northwestel
  • Persona Communications
  • Rogers
  • SaskTel
  • Shaw
  • Shaw Direct
  • Sogetel
  • TBayTel
  • Vianet
  • Vidéotron
  • Wightman Telecom
  • Zazeen

list end

The map of FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television stations broadcasting emergency alert messages  figure

If you want to find out whether you can receive emergency alert messages where you live, consult the map below:


TV and Radio Stations that Broadcast Emergency Alert Messages

The map of FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television stations broadcasting emergency alert messages  figure end


Wireless Public Alerting


To be able to receive wireless alerts, your mobile device must be an LTE device like a smartphone, compatible with wireless public alerting, and connected

to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued.


Emergency alerts are issued to a defined geographic area, such that only people in the defined area will receive the emergency alerts. If you are travelling

in another province when an alert is issued, your compatible wireless device will receive the alert, provided your phone is powered on and connected to

the LTE cellular network. There is no need to enable the location services on your wireless device to receive alerts.


When an alert is issued, you will hear the same alert tone on your mobile devices as you currently do while listening to the radio or watching television.

The alert will also trigger a unique vibration cadence.


To know more about the compatible wireless devices offered by your wireless service provider, visit

Alert Ready.


Important Notes


There might be radio or TV stations or subscription service providers broadcasting or distributing emergency alert messages that aren’t on our map or that

do not appear in the list. Why?


There are two possible reasons.


First, the map and list are created by using data collected from CRTC annual surveys that are issued to FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television

stations, as well as

subscription-based broadcasting service providers.

Recipients are required to submit the surveys to the CRTC no later than November 30 of each year. The data contained in the list and map were collected

as part of the November 30, 2016 annual surveys. Any station or service provider that started broadcasting or distributing emergency alerts after November

30, 2016 may not appear on the map and in the list.


Second, the surveys were only sent to FM radio, AM radio and over-the-air (OTA) television stations and

subscription-based broadcasting service providers

holding a broadcasting licence from the CRTC. Some stations or service providers, under very specific conditions, are not required to have a licence and

therefore do not appear in the map or list.


CCB Newsletters: Gateway Navigation C3 Newsletter – Accessible Audio Indoor Navigation, April 2018

GNC3 Newsletter – Accessible Audio Indoor Navigation

Published April 2018 by Gateway Navigation CCC Limited



Contents – Newsletter

Straight Talk – Indoor Navigation

Upcoming Event – AEBC Workshop

Standard of Excellence – Wayfindr Open Standard

Action – BC / RHF Accessibility Grant

Next Step

Straight Talk – Indoor Navigation

Listen to Mike May – Founder Sendero Group, David LePage – Co-Founder Buy Social Canada, Albert Ruel – Canadian Council of the Blind: Get Together with Technology and Steve Barclay – President Canadian Assistive Technology discussion on accessible audio indoor navigation with David Brun – Founder Gateway Navigation. To listen, click here

Upcoming Event – AEBC Workshop

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is holding their National Conference at the Burnaby Metrotown Hilton Hotel – April 27th to 29th, 2018.

AEBC Workshop – Augmented Reality: 1:30 PM Friday, April 27th, 2018.

Join Albert Ruel, Canadian Council of the Blind, David Brun and Jim Taggart, Gateway Navigation CCC Limited at the Burnaby Metrotown Hilton Hotel. Presentation exploring the potential and opportunities possible through BLE (Bluetooth low energy) beacons, smartphones and apps. Focusing on the importance of standardization and best practices to create consistent and repeatable experiences for users. With hands on experience using the Right-Hear Accessible Zone Management Platform and App. Experience how this technology can augment our reality of indoor environments.

Standard for Excellence – Wayfindr Open Standard

Wayfindr was founded through collaboration and partnership between the Royal Society for Blind Children, ustwo design studio and Transport for London. Supported by an Impact Challenge Grant from Google.Org. All coming together to problem solve a need identified by blind youth. The desire and importance to be able to independently navigate the London Underground”. Starting their journey in 2015. They quickly realized the potential of what they were undertaking went far beyond the scope of their initial purpose. Last month Wayfindr published version 2.0 of their Open Standard.  Here is the update and the vision we share.

Wayfindr’ s Open Standard is an approved international standard by the International Telecommunications Union as ITU-T F.921.

Why an Open Standard?

When individuals and organizations get behind a purposeful vision, solutions to what previously seemed like big challenges become attainable.

The aim is that this Open Standard will help lower the barrier for built-environment owners and digital navigation services to make their environments, products and services inclusive from the outset as we continue to weave technology into our cities

Once the Open Standard is adopted across the built-environment and digital navigation services alike, vision impaired people will benefit from a consistent, reliable and seamless navigation experience.

Emerging indoor navigation technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Beacons and 5G hold the key to opening the world for vision impaired people. However, to achieve the greatest impact globally, there is a pressing need to develop a consistent standard to be implemented across wayfinding systems. This will truly open up a world where vision impaired people are no longer held back by their sight loss, removing barriers to employment, to seeing friends and family and engaging in their community.

The Wayfindr Open Standard aims to do just that. As the Open Standard develops it will give venue owners and digital navigation services the tools to implement high quality, consistent, audio wayfinding solutions. It includes an open-source demo app that enables people who download it to use BLE beacons to understand and implement the open standard with real users, in real contexts, in real time.

The Directors of Gateway Navigation and our Canadian Council of the Blind advisors support the work and open standard concept being undertaken by Wayfindr. We encourage all stakeholders to support the standards and best practices published in version 2.0…Through collaboration, partnership and advocacy stakeholders all play a vital role in developing accessible audio indoor navigation solutions that are consistent and repeatable regionally, nationally and globally.

Click on the link for more information on Wayfindr version

Action – BC / RHF Accessibility Grant

Read how you can help initiate accessibility, inclusion and independence in your local community. By supporting and advocating for the installation and deployment of accessible audio indoor navigation projects.

“Creating livable communities begins with integrating accessibility into everything we do, our workplaces, buildings, neighbourhoods and businesses. This is the province I believe in and want to help build – a place where everyone can contribute and help make our communities inclusive, welcoming, and vibrant.” BC Premier Horgan

In the spirit of the Premier’s vision of building accessible, inclusive communities for all people. The Government of British Columbia is funding two programs designed to improve universal access in communities across the Province.

Through $9 million in provincial funding, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) has launched two new programs to improve accessibility for British Columbians.

“When we remove the physical barriers, we create communities where everyone feels welcome. We are pleased to support the Rick Hansen Foundation with this initiative where together we can build a better B.C. for people of all abilities to be able to live, work and play,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.

With the provincial funding, the Rick Hansen Foundation has developed the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) and the BC Accessibility Grants Program. RHFAC is a LEED-style system to rate accessibility for retail, commercial, institutional and multi-family residential buildings. Provincial funding is enabling approximately 1,100 free accessibility ratings within British Columbia, until March 2019.

Once rated, organizations will be eligible to apply for B.C. accessibility grants of up to $20,000 to use toward accessibility improvements. All projects will provide people with disabilities increased access and opportunities related to workspaces, health and fitness, arts and culture, and education. The upcoming round of B.C. accessibility grant applications must be submitted by May 31, 2018.

Gateway Navigation CCC Limited is a Community Contribution Company in partnership with the Canadian Council of the Blind. Our objective of being involved in accessible audio indoor navigation projects are to:

  • Uphold and contribute to the UN Telecommunications recognized (Wayfindr) open standard in the design, installation and maintenance of pilots and projects.
  • Share venue data so all app developers can include the venue in their app database. Allowing users to select the app that provides them with the best experience for their individual needs.
  • Facilitate engagement with stakeholders inside and outside of the local communities in raising awareness on the benefits and value the technology offers.
  • Identify and implement training and employment opportunities for disabled persons in projects we undertake.

Gateway is dedicated to improving the accessibility of interior spaces for members of the blind and visually impaired community in Canada. Just as smart phone-based GPS has made exterior navigation easier for everyone, so Gateway supports wireless network solutions that will make all buildings more accessible to all those who cannot read signage or interpret other visual wayfinding cues.

Unlike GPS, interior navigation systems of a similar kind must be established one building at a time. Through the Accessibility Grant Program, we have a path to accelerate the deployment and recognition on the value this technology brings to our communities.

The current BC / RHF funding provides the opportunity to raise awareness and accelerate acceptance of this empowering technology. Through engaging venue partners to be accessibility champions.

However, it is vital for those who share our vision. To advocate our message to stakeholders and venue owners and operators in their local communities. Stressing the importance of building accessible audio indoor navigation environments. Benefiting seniors, new immigrant’s, people with vision loss and many others. Building – a place where everyone can contribute and help make our communities inclusive, welcoming, and vibrant

Next Step

For more information, provide feedback or venues we can contact to participate in the Accessibility Grant Program for the installation of accessible audio indoor navigation click here..

Or contact: David Brun

Gateway Navigation CCC Limited


Mobile: 604.499.4818

To unsubscribe GNC3 Newsletter: Accessible Audio Indoor Navigation click here

End of Newsletter






GTT New Westminster and Vancouver Meeting Invitations, Online Shopping, April 17 and May 5, 2018 Respectively

Get Together With Technology (GTT) New Westminster/Vancouver!

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind

in partnership with

Blind Beginnings


Vancouver Community College


People who are blind or partially sighted of all ages are invited to “Save the Dates” for these two sessions of the GTT Vancouver and New Westminster meetings where online shopping with computers, smart phones and tablets will be discussed.


April/May 2018 Theme: Online Shopping

Some folks express some fear about using online shopping, and they struggle to determine which platform will best serve their needs even if they decide to take the plunge.  So, the upcoming GTT New Westminster and Vancouver meetings will work through the process of evaluating the dangers of, and the best methods to employ to shop efficiently and to stay safe when shopping online.


Who Should Attend?

  • People who would like to know what apps and websites work best for online shopping;
  • People who want to know how to stay safe when using credit cards/PayPal for online shopping;
  • People interested in determining the difference between usable and accessible online shopping apps/websites;
  • People who want peer assistance with other assistive technology.


GTT New Westminster:

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Where: Blind Beginnings Office, 227 6th Street, New Westminster


GTT Vancouver:

Date and Time: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10AM to 12Noon

Where: Vancouver Community College, Broadway campus – Room 2501 Building A 1155 East Broadway


Hour one:

A demonstration and discussion of the tips and techniques for online shopping by Clement Chou, Matthew Alvernez and Monty Lilburn.

Hour two:

The second half of the meeting will include an opportunity to seek tech advice from those with more knowledge.  Please bring the device you want assistance with.


For more information contact either Shawn Marsolais or Albert Ruel: or 604-434-7243. or 250-240-2343


What is GTT?


An opportunity for individuals who are blind or partially sighted to get together and

  • Share how they are using assistive technology for work, school, and in their daily lives
  • Learn from others who are using different assistive technology
  • Request information on new technology
  • Mentor and support each other


You’re invited, and encouraged to circulate this invitation widely to your circle of friends, colleagues and family who have an interest in peer support in the area of assistive technology.


For more information about GTT contact:

Shawn Marsolais                  Albert Ruel

604-434-7243                        1-877-304-0968 Ext. 550



GTT Edmonton Summary Notes, Google Home and General Tech Discussion, April 9, 2018

            Summary Notes

GTT Edmonton Meeting April 9, 2018


The most recent meeting of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held April 9 at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.

28 people attended.

Reading Tip: These summary notes apply HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading.


April Topics –Google Home and General Tech Discussion


Google Home

Wanda demonstrated her Google Home speaker/voice assistant. The Google Home speaker is about the size of a large soup can. IT costs $179. It is a hands-free way to ask questions and get answers simply by saying, “OK Google” followed by your question. Here is some sample dialog with the speaker.

Ok Google, how do I say “good morning” in French?


Ok Google, when is the next Raptors game?

They’ll be back in action against Chicago tomorrow night at 7:30 PM

Ok Google, how much time is left on my pizza timer?

You have 14 minutes and 35 seconds remaining

Ok Google, play my Friday Starts Now playlist

Ok, playing your Spotify playlist called Friday Starts Now


Wanda showed how you can ask questions with longer answers such as “Ok Google. Do you have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies?” Google Home will then provide the recipe one step at a time allowing you to simply say “Next”, to have it announce each step.


You can ask almost anything since the Google search engine is powering the speaker. You can also make hands-free telephone calls. You can get the daily weather, news, sports scores, stock quotes, play radio stations. Listen to audio books, ask it to remember your appointments, remember your grocery list and more.


If you buy additional home control modules then the Google Home can turn lights on or off, set your thermostat and so on.


Wanda also showed the smaller Google Mini speaker which is the size and shape of a doughnut. IT has the same functionality but is smaller and costs only $79.


Both devices take only minutes to setup. You do need an Internet connection in your home. To link the speakers to the Internet simply use the free app that is provided.


Activate the above links to read more about both products including tech specs and other Google Home accessories.


General Tech Discussion – Finding iPhone Apps

After the demo we had general discussion on various topics including how to find accessible iPhone apps. The best way to research for an app that works well with Voice Over is to visit the AppleVIS web site. This site is managed by blind people for blind people. They have reviewed hundreds of apps for both iOS devices and for MAC computers. You can search for apps by name or by category. When you find an app of interest you can read a description of the app that includes a rating on its accessibility. In some cases, there are also podcast reviews of the app by AppleVIS contributors. Indeed, you can subscribe to the AppleVIS podcast feed using your favorite podcast app or the Victor Reader Stream to keep up to date on all the AppleVIS podcast reviews and tutorials as they are released.

Next Meeting (Monday May 7at 7pm)

  • No demonstration topic has been suggested yet.
  • As always, for help with technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.


Meeting Location and Logistics

  • Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
  • We meet in the basement hall. There is elevator access.
  • Enter the church from the back door. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
  • Meetings are every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
  • If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.


GTT Edmonton Overview

  • GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each meeting consists of a feature technology topic, questions and answers about technology, and one-on-one training where possible.
  • Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
  • There are GTT groups across Canada as well as a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:

To subscribe, use the form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.


National GTT Email Support List

CCB sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians.  To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:


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GTT Chilliwack Meeting Invitation, VR Stream Talking Book Player, April 23, 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: VR Stream Audio Book Player & Voice Note Recorder

When: Monday April 23, 2018

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: Chilliwack Public Library, Community Room

45860 First Avenue, Chilliwack


First Hour:

CCB Chilliwack member, Elaine Smithson, will demonstrate how to use the Victor Reader Stream talking book player and voice recorder for listening to Daisy books, MP3 music and text based files.  Of course, the VR Stream is a great voice recorder as well for recording meetings, or for simply taking quick notes.  Further discussion about where and how to access print and audio material will follow.

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.


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: