Festival International de Jazz de Montréal more accessible than ever!

    New talking GPS Trekker Breeze makes world première

    MONTREAL, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 métro 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 www.humanware.com/jazz or contact Humanware
at 1-888-723-7273, or call the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille at

    About HumanWare

    HumanWare (http://www.humanware.com) 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

    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: www.inlb.qc.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille: Jade
St-Jean, Morin Public Relations, (514) 289-8688, ext. 235, Mobile: (514)
716-7530, jade@morinrp.com; Humanware: Nicolas Lagacé, Communications and
Marketing, HumanWare, (450) 463-1717, ext. 341, nicolas.lagace@humanware.com;
Source: HumanWare and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille

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