Help the Get Together with Technology Program Get Together Some Technology

This comes from a friend of mine. I wish I had spare equipment I could part with, because I think this Get Together with Technology program is a pretty neat idea. How many times over the years have I contemplated buying a piece of technology, but decided against it because it’s a lot of money to shell out for something sight unseen? Lots. If I’d been able to go to a group like this and play with different technology, maybe I would have tried more things. I hope she can keep her group together and get the resources they need.

Hello friends and supporters of the GTT Program,

We have been delighted by the interest in the GTT (Get Together with Technology) Program.

We thank our partners, CCB (Canadian Council of the Blind), and CNIB and our sponsoring organization, the CCCC (Crichton Cultural Community Centre) for their help and support.

We have commenced holding regular monthly Tech User Groups, Drop-in Sessions and One to One Training, and have a need for dedicated equipment for use in the program. This equipment would be used to provide hands-on training and enable users who are blind or have low vision, to become familiar with various kinds of technical equipment.

For people who are blind or have low vision, technology is often very costly and not always completely accessible. People who are blind need to be able to really examine and learn about all of their options before making a choice to purchase. 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 technology and be able to learn its features from peers or trainers who are blind or have low vision. This equipment may also be used by the GTT coordinators for administrative work for the program.

If you can donate equipment or funds or know someone interested in being a GTT donor, please pass on this message to them on our behalf. Donors will be issued a charitable tax receipt from the CCCC for all financial gifts or equipment.

Equipment requested:

  • iPods (especially ipod touch,  3rd, 4th, or 5th generation, but also ipod nano or shuffle)
  • iPads (any model including iPad mini)
  • iPhones (3GS, 4, 4S or 5)
  • Android devices (running icecream sandwich or jelly bean)
  • macbooks (mac minis or imacs)
  • PC laptops
  • Digital talking book players (Victor models, Booksense or Plextalk)

If you have other equipment, please contact the GTT program
 to discuss this.

Thank you so very much,

Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman
GTT coordinators
twitter @gttprogram

Pretty neat idea eh? I hope they can keep it going.

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