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Guest Post: Blind and Low Vision Participants Needed for Survey on Smartphone and Tablet Usage!

(French will follow)

 

Blind and Low Vision Participants Needed for Survey on Smartphone and Tablet Usage!

 

 

 

Individuals who are blind or who have low vision are invited to participate in a new, international study by the University of Montreal and the Munich University of Applied Sciences that explores the use of mainstream smartphone and tablet computers among users with vision loss.

 

 

 

The aim of this study is to better understand which mainstream devices (smartphone or tablet computers, installable apps and accessibility features are being used by individuals with vision loss, and what factors impact the decision to use a specific device for a particular task. Participation involves the completion of a confidential, online survey that should take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. The results from this survey will assist rehabilitation professionals and assistive technology instructors, by providing them with a better understanding of how to implement mainstream devices into their training.

 

 

 

Participants must be aged 18 years or older, must have been using a smartphone or tablet for at least three months, and must self-identify as having a visual impairment (blind or low vision).

 

 

 

You will have the option at the end of the survey to include your name in a draw for a $100 gift card to either the iTunes (Apple) or Google Play stores, and will also have the option to request a summary sheet of the results once the study is complete.

 

 

 

This project has been approved by the ethics committee of the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en readaptation (CRIR).

 

 

 

If you would like to take part, you can learn more about the study and how to sign up here:

 

 

 

English:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=en&encode=

 

 

 

French:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=fr&encode=

 

 

 

German:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=de&encode=

 

 

 

We thank you for your participation and invite you to share with others in your networks!

 

 

 

Participants aveugles et en basse vision pour sondage sur l’utilisation du téléphone intelligent et de la tablette numérique!

 

 

 

Nous sommes un groupe de chercheurs de l’Université de Montréal et de l’Université des sciences appliquées de Munich et nous invitons des individus qui sont aveugles ou qui ont une basse vision à participer à une nouvelle étude internationale qui a pour but d’explorer l’utilisation de téléphones intelligents et de tablettes numériques par des utilisateurs en perte de vision.

 

 

 

Le but de cette étude est de mieux comprendre quels appareils de technologie courante (téléphones intelligents ou tablettes numériques), applications et caractéristiques d’accessibilité sont utilisés par les gens avec une déficience visuelle, et quels facteurs influencent la décision d’utiliser un appareil précis pour une tâche particulière. Votre participation implique de remplir un sondage en ligne confidentiel qui ne devrait pas prendre plus de

30 à 45 minutes de votre temps. Les résultats de ce sondage seront utiles aux professionnels en réadaptation de même qu’aux instructeurs en technologie d’assistance, en les aidant à améliorer l’entraînement visant à intégrer l’utilisation de ces appareils de technologie courante.

 

 

 

Les participants doivent être âgés de 18 ans ou plus, être utilisateurs d’un téléphone intelligent ou d’une tablette numérique depuis au moins trois mois et s’auto-identifier comme ayant une déficience visuelle (cécité ou basse vision).

 

 

 

A la fin du sondage vous aurez la possibilité d’inscrire votre nom pour un tirage au sort pour gagner une carte cadeau de l’enseigne iTunes (Apple) pour un montant de 100 dollars. Une fois l’étude terminée, vous aurez également la possibilité de faire la demande des résultats de ce projet de recherche.

 

 

 

Ce projet a été approuvé par le comité d’éthique du Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation (CRIR) du Montréal métropolitain.

 

 

 

Si vous aimeriez participer, vous pouvez en apprendre plus cette étude et sur comment vous enregistrer à l’adresse qui suit:

 

 

 

Francais:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=fr&encode=

 

 

 

Anglais:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=en&encode=

 

 

 

Allemand:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=de&encode=

 

 

 

Nous vous remercions de votre participation et vous invitons à partager cette invitation à d’autres membres de votre communauté!

(French will follow)

 

Blind and Low Vision Participants Needed for Survey on Smartphone and Tablet Usage!

 

 

 

Individuals who are blind or who have low vision are invited to participate in a new, international study by the University of Montreal and the Munich University of Applied Sciences that explores the use of mainstream smartphone and tablet computers among users with vision loss.

 

 

 

The aim of this study is to better understand which mainstream devices (smartphone or tablet computers, installable apps and accessibility features are being used by individuals with vision loss, and what factors impact the decision to use a specific device for a particular task. Participation involves the completion of a confidential, online survey that should take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. The results from this survey will assist rehabilitation professionals and assistive technology instructors, by providing them with a better understanding of how to implement mainstream devices into their training.

 

 

 

Participants must be aged 18 years or older, must have been using a smartphone or tablet for at least three months, and must self-identify as having a visual impairment (blind or low vision).

 

 

 

You will have the option at the end of the survey to include your name in a draw for a $100 gift card to either the iTunes (Apple) or Google Play stores, and will also have the option to request a summary sheet of the results once the study is complete.

 

 

 

This project has been approved by the ethics committee of the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en readaptation (CRIR).

 

 

 

If you would like to take part, you can learn more about the study and how to sign up here:

 

 

 

English:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=en&encode=

 

 

 

French:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=fr&encode=

 

 

 

German:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=de&encode=

 

 

 

We thank you for your participation and invite you to share with others in your networks!

 

 

 

Participants aveugles et en basse vision pour sondage sur l’utilisation du téléphone intelligent et de la tablette numérique!

 

 

 

Nous sommes un groupe de chercheurs de l’Université de Montréal et de l’Université des sciences appliquées de Munich et nous invitons des individus qui sont aveugles ou qui ont une basse vision à participer à une nouvelle étude internationale qui a pour but d’explorer l’utilisation de téléphones intelligents et de tablettes numériques par des utilisateurs en perte de vision.

 

 

 

Le but de cette étude est de mieux comprendre quels appareils de technologie courante (téléphones intelligents ou tablettes numériques), applications et caractéristiques d’accessibilité sont utilisés par les gens avec une déficience visuelle, et quels facteurs influencent la décision d’utiliser un appareil précis pour une tâche particulière. Votre participation implique de remplir un sondage en ligne confidentiel qui ne devrait pas prendre plus de

30 à 45 minutes de votre temps. Les résultats de ce sondage seront utiles aux professionnels en réadaptation de même qu’aux instructeurs en technologie d’assistance, en les aidant à améliorer l’entraînement visant à intégrer l’utilisation de ces appareils de technologie courante.

 

 

 

Les participants doivent être âgés de 18 ans ou plus, être utilisateurs d’un téléphone intelligent ou d’une tablette numérique depuis au moins trois mois et s’auto-identifier comme ayant une déficience visuelle (cécité ou basse vision).

 

 

 

A la fin du sondage vous aurez la possibilité d’inscrire votre nom pour un tirage au sort pour gagner une carte cadeau de l’enseigne iTunes (Apple) pour un montant de 100 dollars. Une fois l’étude terminée, vous aurez également la possibilité de faire la demande des résultats de ce projet de recherche.

 

 

 

Ce projet a été approuvé par le comité d’éthique du Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation (CRIR) du Montréal métropolitain.

 

 

 

Si vous aimeriez participer, vous pouvez en apprendre plus cette étude et sur comment vous enregistrer à l’adresse qui suit:

 

 

 

Francais:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=fr&encode=

 

 

 

Anglais:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=en&encode=

 

 

 

Allemand:

 

http://touchscreen.hostedincanadasurveys.ca/index.php/436191?lang=de&encode=

 

 

 

Nous vous remercions de votre participation et vous invitons à partager cette invitation à d’autres membres de votre communauté!

 

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GTT Edmonton: Summary Notes, Dolphin Guide, October 17, 2016

Summary Notes
GTT Edmonton Meeting October 17, 2016

The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held October 17at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
16 people attended.

2017 Membership Dues
Thank you to those who paid their CCB 2017 $10 membership. We would appreciate if new or existing members can pay in November as we are required to submit our dues by the end of November to qualify for a 50% refund back to our chapter.

Research Project
Dean Kozak joined us briefly to explain his Master’s degree project to research the activity levels of blind and visually impaired people. Dean needs volunteers to survey for his research. We agreed Dean will construct a letter about the research which we will email to our members so those who wish to participate can contact him directly.

October Feature Topic – Your Needs and Dolphin Guide Software

Your Feedback
Carrie surveyed attendees so we could all hear what technology they use and what topics they would like to learn more about. Members wish to continue the demos of technology but they also want more one on one help with the basics including:
• Using computers especially Windows PCs with both JAWS and Zoomtext.
• Using DAISY players and downloading books to them.
• Basics of iPhone including iCloud and useful apps.

Several people would like a home visit by a technician to deal with computer issues. One person could benefit from a volunteer to take him on errands to acquire or repair technology. Most people have desktops they can’t bring to the meeting so we will look into whether some laptops could be borrowed for use at our meetings or we could rent a computer lab to teach people one on one. We will continue the discussion regarding your needs in the next meeting.

Guide Software from Dolphin
Lorne demonstrated the Guide software program from Dolphin that can be purchased and installed on your Windows PC.
• Guide replaces Windows for many basic computer functions such as writing letters/documents, email, finding/downloading/listening to audio books including those from CELA and Bookshare, listening to radio and podcasts, managing appointments and contacts, browsing the Internet, making Skype calls, even playing games, and more.
• Guide is self-voicing and has built-in high contrast magnification so you do not need a talking screen reader or screen magnifier.
• Guide reduces everyday tasks to simple menus that direct you to press 1 for this, press 2 for that etc. much like using an interactive telephone system.
• When you select a function such as sending an email it leads you through the process with simple spoken directions such as “type the email address you wish to send to”, “now type the subject line”, “now type the email body”.
• It has its own file format for documents so you don’t need to learn a program like MS Word or know how to manage document files. However, it can produce or read MS Word if needed.
• All functions work the same way so unlike Windows programs there is no need to memorize keyboard shortcuts or different interfaces for different programs.
• It could be a viable solution for people using a Windows computer for the first time or those who have difficulty remembering the steps to follow or keys to press for different programs.
• Cost is $1169 CDN.
• Dolphin is a UK company but the Guide program is available in Canada from Frontier Computing. For more information contact Frontier Computing at this link. A free 30 day trial is available. On the above web page there are additional links for product reviews and YouTube demos.

Next Meeting (Monday November 14at 7pm)
• We will try to identify the next steps to provide more one on one assistance especially with respect to using computers, DAISY players, and iPhones.
• No demo is yet planned. We will confirm on the agenda.
• Send your meeting topic ideas to GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com.
• 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 Team
• Carrie Anton is visually impaired and is the accessibility specialist for Athabasca University.
carrie.anton@hotmail.com
• Gerry Chevalier is blind. He is retired from HumanWare where he worked as the Product Manager for the Victor Reader line of talking book players.
GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com
• Heather MacDonald is a career and employment specialist with extensive experience helping blind and visually impaired people find employment.
• Russell Solowoniuk is blind and works with alternative formats and assistive technology at Grant MacEwan University.
rsolowoniuk@gmail.com
• Lorne Webber is blind and is the accessibility specialist for Norquest College.
lorne.webber@gmail.com

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 will present a feature technology topic and general question and answer about any other technology.
• Small groups or one on one assistance is possible at the meetings.
• 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 in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Pembroke, Halifax, Sydney, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also 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:
http://www.gttprogram.wordpress.com/
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
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