[nfb-talk] FW: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal more ac cessible than ever!

Danielsen, Chris CDanielsen at nfb.org
Tue Jun 9 21:15:58 UTC 2009

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From: HumanWare [mailto:nicolas.lagace at humanware.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 12:07 PM
To: Danielsen, Chris
Subject: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal more accessible than ever!

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal more accessible than ever!

New talking GPS Trekker Breeze makes world premiere

MONTREAL, June 9, 2009 - To help celebrate the 
30th anniversary of the Festival International de 
Jazz de Montréal this year, the Festival, 
HumanWare and the Institut Nazareth et 
Louis-Braille (INLB), have joined forces to make 
the programming and outdoor sites more accessible 
than ever. The new talking GPS Trekker Breeze 
will be made available to visually impaired 
festival goers so they can more easily find their 
way around the site. It's a world first!

Participants with vision loss can come to the 
HumanWare-INLB booth to borrow a Trekker Breeze 
at no cost for a number of hours. They can then 
choose their next stop on the site from a list of 
prerecorded points of interest. Be it one of the 
many outdoor stages, a group of merchant booths, 
washroom facilities, or access to a metro station 
or bus stop, Breeze users need only follow the 
voice instructions to easily find their way to 
their destination. Festival goers who already 
have a Humanware GPS for the visually impaired 
can download the list of points of interest from 
www.humanware.com/jazz free of charge. Users of 
software or DAISY-format talking book players. 
such as the Victor Reader Stream, can also 
download the programming for all concerts.

The Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille, which 
helped develop and test the Trekker Breeze, will 
also join in the festivities by offering 
information about visual disabilities. Passersby 
will be able to learn about the effects of 
various diseases of the eye by trying on 
simulation glasses made available by the INLB.

This year marks the 200th anniversary since the 
birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille 
writing system for the visually impaired. What 
better way to mark the anniversary than by 
attending the free concert by Stevie Wonder, the 
Grand événement General Motors on June 30, 2009?

For more information, visit 
or contact Humanware at 1-888-723-7273, or call 
the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille at 1-800-361-7013.

About HumanWare

is the global leader in assistive technologies 
for the print disabled. It creates products for 
people who are blind, have low vision and/or have 
learning disabilities. The innovative range of 
HumanWare products includes BrailleNote, the 
leading productivity device for the blind in 
education and business, as well as for personal 
use; the Victor Reader line, the world's leading 
digital audiobook players; and SmartView Xtend, 
the first fully modular and upgradeable CCTV-based video magnifier.

About the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille

Located in Longueuil, the Institut Nazareth et 
Louis-Braille is the only Quebec rehabilitation 
centre solely for people with visual impairments. 
It aims to achieve the social, educational, 
professional and community integration of people 
affected by partial or total loss of vision. 
Offering a range of specially adapted services, 
it serves the Montreal, Montérégie and Laval 
areas. For more information about the Institut 
Nazareth et Louis-Braille, visit: 

Source: HumanWare and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille


Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille:

Jade St-Jean
Morin Relations Publiques
Téléphone : 514 289-8688, poste 235
Mobile : 514 716-7530
jade at morinrp.com


Nicolas Lagacé
Communications and Marketing
Tel.: 450-463-1717, ext. 341
nicolas.lagace at humanware.com

©2009 HumanWare.  

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