Next Ottawa GTT meeting February 27 2017 From 6-8 PM at 20 James street. A On line shopping and more!

This is just a reminder that there will be no GTT Ottawa evening meeting on February 20 2017 as this is a holiday. Our next GTT Ottawa meeting will take place on Monday February 27, 2017. Our topic will be on line shopping. Have you tried any of the local grocery or other delivery services? What about using uber to pick up or uber eats? What about ordering other things such as amazon or any other sites? What about shopping for gifts on line? We started talking about this last time but agreed we wanted to do more. If anyone wantts to send or bring particularly accessible sites, let Kim know at
Meeting details:
Date: January 27 2017

Location: 20 James street
Time: 6-8 PM.
If you have questions call Kim at 613-552-0533


Next rural and northern Ontario GTT meeting February 16 2017 All about jaws.

Our next rural and northern Ontario teleconference meeting will take place on Thursday February 16 2017. Our topic is the jaws screen reader.
Albert Ruel who coordinates GTT programs in the west will be our speaker and he will tell us all about jaws. If you use jaws or if you are interested in finding out more about it, come on the call.
Jaws is a screen reader for the windows platform.
Call in time: 7 PM Eastern
Date: Thursday February 16, 2017.
Call in number:
Passcode 5670311

Reminder of the next GTT National Conference call tonight February 8 at 7 PM Eastern, 4 Pacific.

This is just a reminder of our GTT national teleconference call which will take place tonight February 8 at 7 PM Eastern, 4 Pacific time.
We had been asked to talk about on line shopping (especially for groceries) but have been asked by some who are away to put this one off until March. Since it is white cane week, I thought we could talk about mobility devices and apps? What type of cane do you use? What type of tip? What colour? Do you use a guide dog? What apps or tricks do you use for getting around?
Here is the call in info.
Passcode 5670311

Resource: Computers You Can Talk To, Siri, Alexa, Google Now, and Cortana, a Book by Anna Dresner


Computers You Can Talk To

Siri, Alexa, Google Now, and Cortana
by Anna Dresner
In braille (1 vol), BRF, Word, Text, or DAISY: starting at $12.00

Everyone, by now, is at least familiar with Apple?셲 digital voice assistant Siri, whether she’s narrating an Apple television commercial or answering cheeky questions like, “What is the meaning of life?” and “Siri, are you single?” But how much do you know about other voice assistants: Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Google Now? They can let you play music and books, control lights and other devices in your home, and, sometimes, buy items just by calling them out (“Alexa, order more paper towels ??quick!”)

With all these options, you may be wondering: What’s all the fuss about? What are talking assistants capable of, and which one or ones are right for you? Maybe you have one or more of these assistants and want to know how to use them more efficiently. If so, you’ve come to the right place! The book is an overview, giving you an idea of what sorts of things you can expect from each assistant. It tells you how to acquire and set up each assistant and, in the case of Amazon’s products, the cost


Web Accessibility Advocacy: Letter to West Jet by Peg Mercer

To Whom It May Concern
Disability Assistance, West Jet

My name is Peg Mercer and I often travel with West Jet. I am a blind person and use screen-reading software to access information on the computer screen.

I often purchase airline tickets online. For several years, I appreciated the efforts that West Jet took to implement measures of accessibility to their site. The booking page for visually-impaired people was easy to access as the link for it appeared on the home page.

More recently, this booking page for visually impaired people has been moved inside an area under “Accessibility” which makes it harder to locate straightaway. The current issue that is most problematic with this booking page, however, is that now the date fields for choosing departure and return dates are no longer accessible to navigate by those using screen-reading software. The consequence of this current problem is that users of screen-reading software can no longer carry out online bookings on West Jet’s site.

I understand that web site content and design may need updating from time to time. It is very important, however, that the standard of accessibility for all users remain constant and not be compromised as a result of updating. I will add that ideally, accessibility standards need to be built in to the site globally so that accessible design is present in all areas of the site and not restricted to segregated sections of the site. In this way, the site would be easy for anyone to utilize from any page of it.

I trust that West Jet may consult with experts in web design that conform to accessible standards in order that all your site is fully and equally usable by all customers and that the standard does not change when updates are made.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this important matter


Peg Mercer

Cc: Access for Sight Impaired Consumers
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
Canadian Council of the Blind

Notice of forum for CITIZENS with Disabilities Ontario forum Tonight Tuesday January 10 at 7:30 Eastern.

Hi everyone.
See below for a message from Citizens with Disabilities Ontario.
Sorry for the short notice.

Hi Everyone,

Please Circulate Widely, especially for Ontario!

There is room for additional participants!

You are invited to attend a forum on National Accessibility and Inclusion Act, (NAIA), Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM EST, January 10, 2017, in CWDO Auditorium 1.

Your input is requested to inform CWDO’s submission about what the Act should include.

Captioning will be provided for this discussion.

Please use this link:

When the Auditorium 1 page comes up, please read carefully. You may need to download a plug-in or an App, depending on what technology you are using.

If, for some reason, Auditorium 1 does not work for you, please call to have your input counted.

Thanks to CCD for supporting the teleconference.

Call 1-877-733-5390

Conference Participant Code number is: 2622423515#

Below my name is the notice which has been appearing in our CWDO Newsletters.

We hope you can join us Tuesday evening,

Pat Seed

(807) 473-0909

*CWDO forum on federal consultation

Join us on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:30 PM to share your views on what should be included in federal government legislation to address accessibility.

The forum will be held in Auditorium 1 in our accessible, online conferencing system. Go to our conference rooms and choose Auditorium 1. First time users – choose the download that matches your computer or phone device.

Please register for the forum on national accessible legislation to let us know you’re coming and to let us know of any accommodation needs you may have to participate in this online discussion (for example, captioning).

*Take our survey on national accessibility laws

The accessibility yardstick could be moved considerably with accessibility legislation that applies to federally-regulated organizations at the federal public service.

CWDO will be submitting a response to the federal government’s consultation and we would like to reflect our members’ views in that response.

Please take CWDO’s survey on national accessibility legislation and let us know what’s important to you.

Read Barrier-Free Canada’s principles and their Discussion Paper about what could be included in the legislation.

Together we are stronger.

Next GTT Toronto meeting will take place on Thursday December 15 at 6 PM at the CNIB Centre in Toronto.

Hey Everyone,
Our December meeting will be on Thursday December 15 from 6 to 8pm at the CNIB Centre.
Our guest speaker is David Dennis, Manager, CNIB Store, demonstrating his top picks from the Store’s catalogue.
Everyone is welcome, and coffee and light refreshments will be served.
So bring your questions, bring your gadgets, and let’s Get Together with Technology!

Next GTT national conference call about streaming services. Wednesday December 14 2016 7 PM Eastern 4 Pacific.

Our last GTT national conference call of the year will take place on Wednesday December 14 at 7 PM eastern, 4 Pacific. Our topic is streaming services. Wondering about the differences between apple music, spotify and others? What about streaming radio and podcasts? Come and join in the discussion. Share your tips and tricks.
Call in info 1-866-740-1260 Passcode 5670311

Opportunity to earn a gift certificate and test government web sites for accessibility.

Hello everyone. I have done testing for the below company before.
You can be from anywhere in Canada to do this. Also, both people with low vision and those who are totally blind would be eligible.
Use the contact information provided below in the posting.
Earn a $50 gift certificate for doing 1 hour of work from home.

Roy Ballantine at Neo Insight is looking for blind and partially sighted internet users to sign up to participate in 1-hour Skype sessions to test the usability of the Government of Canada website. The sessions are run entirely online using Skype and an internet browser, and a mutually convenient day and time. Participants are given a $50 PayPal or Amazon gift certificate for their time.

To be added to our list of candidates, please email your contact information to, or call Roy at (613) 317-1683. Your information will not be shared and your privacy will be preserved.