Welcome to VIBUG

VIBUG, the Visually Impaired and Blind User Group, is located in Massachusetts, and serves blind and visually impaired users of computers and other assistive technology. If you'd like to know more about us, you can download our flyer, which is available as a Microsoft Word document, or a braille formatted file. We encourage you to share this flyer with people you think would be interested in our assistive technology users group.

Vibug membership registration, dues, and notices

VIBUG membership costs $20 a year and includes the following benefits.

Vibug elections are held annually at every November meeting. Anyone wishing to vote in this election must be a paid member by the end of the October meeting.

For people who join Vibug as first-time members in November or December, their dues will carry over and cover their membership for the following year.

To Become a Vibug member and join the Vibug announcements mailing list, fill out the Vibug membership form. To make a secure on-line payment with a credit card or your PayPal account, select the following PayPal button.

You may also join VIBUG by coming to a meeting and paying your dues by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to VIBUG. If you have any questions, please contact our treasurer Bob Resnick at rresnick1@comcast.net

VIBUG Officers

Notice Of VIBUG Meeting

When: Saturday, September 8,from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: MIT, 77 Mass. Avenue, building 5, room 134, Cambridge MA

OnLine Participation

Members who cannot attend in-person are welcome to participate online. We are now using a program called Zoom. For details, go to http://www.vibug.org and look for a heading called "Zoom Instructions".

Meeting Format

Topics for THIS Month

Bring your latest gadgets. Whether its high-tech or low-tech, I invite you to bring a gadget or app or anything you think may be of interest. As time permits, we will take turns talking about our gadgets and passing them around (I will bring a couple of cast metal puzzles I have been having fun with, and Ill provide an Amazon link for those who may wish to purchase some for themselves.)

I will demonstrate 1Password, a feature-rich, relatively accessible and very popular password manager for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

David Kingsbury will give some helpful File Explorer tricks and tips.


Cheryl Cumings will report on a coding camp she recently conducted here in Boston.

Need a Stand-alone OCR scanner? I have a brand new EyePal ROL which I plan to give to a lucky VIBUG member. During the meeting, we will assign a number to each VIBUG member who is interested and has a need of such a device. I will then ask Siri to give us a random number. If your number matches, I will arrange to deliver the scanner to you. To be eligible for the drawing, you must be present at the meeting, either in-person or online.


Not a member yet? Its easy to join. Visit our website at http://www.vibug.org

Zoom Instructions

Current Vibug members are welcome to attend VIBUG meetings on-line. VIBUG is using a program called zoom. If you would like to participate on-line, you must download and install the zoom program. There are versions for pc and IPhone, and you can even call in over the telephone if you don't have a computer. We recommend that you initially download the pc version, since it is easier to use than the IPhone app.

  1. Download and install the Zoom installation program for your computer.
  2. Zoom installation program for pc
  3. Prior to each VIBUG meeting, all members will be sent an email announcement containing the zoom link to participate in the online meeting.
  4. To enter the Vibug online meeting, paste the link in to your browser of choice and press enter.
  5. Once you are in the meeting, activate the button which says, "join audio conference by computer."
  6. During the meeting you can mute or unmute your audio by using the alt a command.
  7. We strongly suggest that you install the zoom program and do some testing in advance before attending your first online meeting. We will be happy to assist with that.

  8. Check Out the VIBUG Site

    helpful phone numbers

    Additional Resources

    contact info


    Send questions or comments about VIBUG to president@vibug.org.

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    last updated: Sunday, August 2, 2018