Get Together with Technology (GTT)
“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.
GTT groups meet at a variety of locations throughout Canada from Victoria to Halifax to support each other and to discuss different topics pertaining to the use of assistive technology.
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 are also hosted at 4:00 PM Pacific Time on the second Wednesday of each month. 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. Look near the bottom of the page for a “Follow” link and leave your email address in the edit field found when you click that link. You will receive an email message asking you to confirm that you wish to be subscribed, and clicking on the “confirmation” link in that message will complete the process.
To access the GTT Program on Facebook please visit:
On Twitter you can follow GTT by looking for: @GTTProgram or @GTTWest
Kim and Albert are also available for individual or small group ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY support.
For more information please contact:
Albert Ruel on the West Coast: or Kim Kilpatrick in Ottawa
Cell: 250-240-2343 Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968
Email: Albert.GTT@CCBNational.net Email: GTTProgram@Gmail.com
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 for the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.