Reminder next Ottawa GTT meeting tonight from 6-8 PM in person at 20 James street.

Hello everyone.
Most of the feedback I received about the GTT meeting said that we should have it in person face to face so just a reminder that tonight is the Ottawa GTT meeting at 20 James street from 6-8 PM. Will have some new gadgets to show and test, Kim has gotten a chance to play with new apple things and will update on that as well. Bring your questions and your tech.
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: CCB National office
20 James street


Next GTT Ottawa evening meeting January 23.

Our next Ottawa GTT evening meeting will take place on Monday January 23 from 6-8 Pm in person or if we choose to do a winter teleconference from 7-8:30 PM.
Please e-mail to tell me which you would prefer.
Some people have asked for a teleconference as wintry weather can be challenging.
If we have a teleconference our topic may be different than in person.
Please let me know your thoughts by this Friday January 13 and I will plan accordingly.

Reminder: next Ottawa GTT meeting November 21 6-8 Pm.

This is just a reminder of our next Ottawa GTT meeting which will take place on Monday November 21st from 6-8 Pm at 20 James street. This is a continuation of our GPS meeting which started in October. We will be dividing up into small groups to discuss GPS apps and to help people configure them themselves. For more information contact Kim at

Next GTT Ottawa Meeting Monday October 17 2016 all about GPS.

Our next Ottawa evening GTT meeting will take place on Monday October 17 from 6-8 PM at 20 James street.
Our topic is GPS solutions.
There are so many apps and solutions that people can use for GPS. What are the best apps and solutions? We will talk about several. If you have one that you particularly use or you use a stand alone device and wish to demonstrate that, contact Kim ahead of time at 613-567-0311
Or email

Fifth Annual Ottawa Tech Fair Day List Of Workshops

CNIB 5th Annual Technology and Service Exhibit
Workshop Room 1 at Colonel By Room – 2nd floor

Session 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Title: ORCAM
An exciting new device that fits on a pair of glasses and discreetly reads printed material into your ear.
Presenter: Victor B. Lajeunesse, Microcomputer Science Centre

Session 2
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Title: Introducing Zagga TV: Described Video… on Demand
This workshop will introduce the participant to Zagga TV—a fully accessible video-on-demand service featuring movies and TV shows with described video. The founder and CEO, Kevin Shaw, will demonstrate the service, answer questions and talk about exciting developments at Zagga that will be coming in the near future.
Presenter: ​Kevin Shaw, Zaga Entertainment

Session 3
Time: 1:00 p.m.– 1:55 p.m.
Title: Kangaroo and Enterpad: Two portable solutions that will definitively change your life.

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Kangaroo and Enterpad:
Are you dreaming to be able to do the same thing with your Smartphone you can do a computer? With Kangaroo, dreams come true! Kangaroo includes a full version of Windows 10 and it’s the same size of a Smartphone. Place Kangaroo in your pocket and you’re ready to go!

Are you having difficulties to perform complex actions with your computer? Are you exhausted to perform every day the same actions? We have a solution! Enterpad is a 120 keys programmable keyboard that will allow you to perform simple or complex actions by simply pressing one key. With Enterpad, you’re the one who decide behaviour of each keys. Be more efficient and independent by quickly saving your documents, perform complex keyboard command, search information on Website, control JAWS and Zoomtext, retrieve your mails, enter passwords, Etc. With Enterpad, the power is in your hands.

Presenter: ​Tommy Théberge, Canadialog

Session 4

Time: 2:00 p.m.– 2:55 p.m.

Title: Aroga Technologies: New and Exciting

Aroga Technologies will be introducing and demonstrating some of the newest technologies available in Canada.
Come and join us for demonstrations of the NuEyes glasses, as well as the newest and greatest from Humanware, Enhanced Vision and Ambutech.
Devices and products will be available at our booth to try and ask questions, but come to the presentation to get the insider scoop and tips and tricks of some great new technologies.
Presenter: ​Bram Caron, Aroga

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Session 5

Time: 3:00 p. m. – 3:55 p.m.

Title: “Touch the future, HumanWare’s latest innovative solutions”
Learn how the mainstream solution has help shape the new technology solution for people living with a visual impairment. In this workshop you will be introduce to 21th century new concepts and tools design to help you be more independent in today’s fast moving society.
Presenter: ​Michel Pepin, Humanware


CNIB 5th Annual Technology and Service Exhibit
Workshop Room 2 at Richmond Room – 2nd floor

Session 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Title: “Accessibility at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL)”
This presentation will discuss the library’s accessible services and collections, including information about the Talking Book Service and Homebound Services.
Presenters: ​Megan McMeekin and Tristen Villanyi Bokor

Session 2
Time: 11:00 a.m.– 11:25 a.m.
Title: NVDA: (NonVisual Desktop Access) ​​
Come learn about this free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in …
Presenter:​Rebecca Jackson, GTT Program

Session 3
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
Title: Keep Calm and Land the Job You Want
Do you know what kind of job you’re looking for and what you need to succeed? Come discover some tips and tools to help you get ready for the world of work!
Presenter: ​Joelle Mosey, Neil Squire Society

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Session 4
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p. m.
Title: Key2Access: The ONE platform for accessibility
The Key2Access workshop will highlight some of the ways that technology is being developed to better the daily experiences of individuals that are blind, partially sighted or with reduced mobility. Among the topics we will be discussing, we will explore the latest
innovations in pedestrian crossing as well as in indoor information services. All of the services discussed are available via a free mobile app and can be accessed from the comfort of each users’ smartphone! The workshop will follow with a real life demo of a truly accessible interior as participants will be able to obtain information throughout City Hall through the Key2Access mobile app, courtesy of the Ottawa CNIB. Join us in discussing the latest in accessibility technology!
Presenter: ​Sarah Aladas, Key2access

Session 5
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Title: Assistive Technology: Everything you need to know to level the playing field
Please join Stephen Ricci in a presentation and discussion on the various options available in assistive technology to get the best fit for your lifestyle. In this session Stephen will discuss all aspects of assistive technology for people with all types of vision loss. Come see, what’s new, what’s popular and what may work for you or your loved ones.
Stephen Ricci is a person with albinism and has two sisters with albinism. Stephen is very active in the blind and partially sighted
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community both professionally and personally. When not selling assistive technology for Frontier Computing throughout Canada, he volunteers with organizations including Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), Accessible Media Inc. (AMI), BALANCE for Blind Adults, The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) and NOAH. Stephen lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.
Presenter: ​Stephen Ricci, Frontier Computing

Session 6
Time: 3:00 p. m. – 3:25 p.m.
Title: OrbitBraille Reader 20
Come learn about the world’s most affordable Refreshable Braille Display. It is a unique 3-in-1 device and serves as a self-contained book reader, …
Presenter: ​Kim Kilpatrick, GTT Program

Session 7
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Title: Get together With Technology – Peers helping peers
The Get Together with Technology (GTT) program provides hands-on training to enable users who are blind or have low vision to become familiar with computers, smart phones and other types of technical equipment. Often retail store staff don’t know much about the accessibility of the equipment they sell, so it is important that people get to explore devices and learn about their features from peers or trainers who are blind or have low vision. GTT runs Tech User Groups, Drop-in Sessions and One-on-One Training Sessions to address these issues.
Presenter: ​Kim Kilpatrick, GTT Program

First of 3 postings about the 5th Annual Technology Fair in Ottawa. This is the list of tables.

CNIB Ottawa Presents the 5th Annual Technology and Service Exhibit
OTTAWA CITY HALL Jean Pigott Hall (Main Floor)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Technology Companies
Microcomputer Science Centre Inc.​
HT Consulting​
Zaga Entertainment
Frontier Computing​

Sports and Recreation
Ottawa Blind Curling Club

Service Agencies
National Art Gallery​
Volunteer Ottawa
Get Together With Technology
Inuit Carvings
Canadian Council Of The Blind​
Neil Squire Society​
Ottawa Public Library
Accessible Media Inc
CNIB Grad & Braille Support Groups
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Reminder Ottawa GTT meeting tonight Monday June 20 6-8 PM but come early if you want pizza. 

Our Ottawa GTT meeting will take place tonight Monday June 20 from 6-8 PM at 20 James Street.  Rebecca Jackson will be presenting on the accessibility of windows 10. For those who want to, we will be ordering pizza before the meeting.  You will need to pay for your own pizza. If you have not yet told me you would like to come for pizza, please let me know before 4 PM today at 613-567-0311 or 

Next GTT Ottawa meeting Monday June 20 at 6 PM Eastern accessibility of windows 10. 

Our next GTT Ottawa evening meeting  will take place at CCB national office 20 James Street on Monday June 20 at 6 PM eastern.  Our topic will be the accessibility of windows 10.  We will hopefully also have the orbit braille display to show  off.  Since it is the last GTT before summer, we need to decide if he want to have informal drop ins during the summer as we did last summer?  Also, some people wanted to order pizza before this GTT.  Let me know if anyone wants to do that?  Send an email to 

Next Ottawa GTT meeting will be on Monday April 18 from 6-8 PM at CCB national office 20 james street. 

Next Ottawa GTT meeting will be on Monday April 18 from 6-8 PM at the CCB national office at 20 James street. At the next GTT meeting, Kim will demonstrate a new product in production called after sight.  

Also, exciting news about ORCAM coming to Ottawa for demonstrations. 

We will also highlight new technologies presented at CSUN and a braille display that Kim was able to test.

We will give updates on audible bus announcements outside buses.
 Come and join us with your technology questions, answers, and tips.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kim at 613-567-0311