Accessible Resource Centre - British Columbia

Providing BC Educators with Alternate Format Materials for their Students with Perceptual Disabilities

The Accessible Resource Centre – British Columbia is a BC Ministry of Education funded response to the increasing demand for digital or alternate format alternatives to print in BC classrooms. The goal of ARC-BC is to provide BC students with perceptual disabilities and the educators supporting them with high quality digital alternate format materials based on the BC K-12 curriculum.

ARC-BC is managed by PRCVI (Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired) and works in consultation and partnership with BC school districts, other alternate format producers, and publishers to provide recommended and requested materials in a timely manner.

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ARC-BC News November-December News


Beginning in January, all ARC-BC eText requests will be uploaded in .DOCX format. It has been several years since .DOCX became the standard for word processing and eText files in Microsoft Word. Existing .DOC files on ARC-BC will be converted to .DOCX in the coming months.

ARC-BC Materials and the New BC Curriculum

The ARC-BC team presented at the #IT4K12 Conference in Richmond this November 17-18. The presentation focused on how ARC-BC materials can be used to support the development of core competencies in BC’s new curriculum for students with perceptual disabilities, and how some of the tools and resources used by the ARC team can support the inclusive design of learning materials in schools. Below are some of the resources that were shared in that presentation:

  • Born Accessible. This is an initiative by Benetech, the company that operates Bookshare – the largest library of accessible books in the world. The Born Accessible page features several resources on creating accessible books and learning materials, accessible images, and accessible math.
  • g(Math). A free Google Docs add-on that creates accessible mathematical formulas, equations, graphs, and statistical displays. Students can input mathematical content and have their work read back to them using a stand-alone text-to-speech program or Read&Write for Chrome. Here is a quick intro video from TextHelp on creating math expressions in g(Math).

We are very pleased to welcome a number of new district contacts joining ARC-BC.

If you are retiring, going on leave or moving from your school district or independent school before the end of the school year, please inform your ARC-BC District Contact and their email information can be found on the Contact page.

If you are new to ARC-BC or have not accessed it recently and would like a refresher, please note there are numerous online training sessions offered! For online training dates you can go to the Training tab and click on the View Calendar link and then send us an email to reserve your spot.

It is never too late to think long term, so if you know about particular titles(s) that your student(s) require for the January-June 2017 session please follow these steps:

  • Log into ARC-BC and search the repository for the title in the format you require
  • If the required title is in the ARC-BC repository but the notation indicates that it is [In Production] please contact to have the format your student needs added to the high priority production list
  • If the title is available in the repository, but NOT in the format you require, or is not currently available in any formats, then submit a Request a Title or New Format Form
  • We will notify you if we do not have a copy and you will then need to donate the book in order to initiate the scanning and production process
  • The book(s) can be shipped to:
    Attn: Susan Hannigan
    106-1750 West 75th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6P 6G2
  • We will notify you by email when files are available to download from the repository

Thank you & have a joyful and warm winter!

The ARC-BC Provincial Team