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.

Current News

ARC-BC October 2016 News Update

The Marrakesh Treaty and Canada

Working to End the “Book Famine” for Individuals with Print Disabilities.

On September 30, 2016 the Marrakesh Treaty came into force. Marrakesh is a major international treaty sponsored by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that requires ratifying countries to adopt legislation that permits the reproduction, distribution, and making available of materials in accessible formats through limitations and exceptions to the rights of copyright holders. The Marrakesh Treaty establishes international standards for these exceptions within national copyright laws. The Treaty is very exciting news for individuals with print disabilities from across the globe – the Treaty provides specifically for the exchange of these accessible formats across international borders.

For more information on the Marrakesh Treaty, visit the WIPO website, or check out the Government of Canada’s amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act.

What’s New in ARC-BC?

New “Other Source” Options

At the bottom of the search results page, you may have noticed that there is a new listing of alternate sources from outside of the ARC-BC community. Highlighted below are three sources that are newly listed. These are popular sources for materials in digital and alternate formats, available to different user groups:

Frequently Asked Question of the Month

We have received many requests regarding how to check off existing and add new eligible students in their profiles. First, log into ARC-BC, go to "My Account" at the top, then go to "Edit Profile".

If you are supporting the same students as last year you will need to follow steps 1-4 and if you need to add new students then follow steps 5-10:

  1. Please read through your previous student list and verify the first and last name and the 9 digit student PEN have been correctly entered
  2. If this student will again be utilizing ARC-BC resources please click on the “Edit” icon on the far right next to the PEN number
  3. Check their check box under the Current Caseload column (those students that you are no longer supporting can’t be deleted – they will remain on the bottom of your list unchecked for archival purposes)
  4. Remember to hit the “Save” box on the far right to save each student before moving on to the next student
  5. Click on the + Add student box in the top left hand corner
  6. The Current Caseload check box will now automatically be checked off for all new students, so fill in the fields: Last Name, First Name and PEN (the 9 digit Ministry number, not the school ID number)
  7. Save each new student by clicking on the "Save" box on the far right side or to remove click on the "Cancel"
  8. To add another student repeat steps 5 to 7
  9. Once all students have been entered, you must click on the “Student Use Agreement” box below the list to confirm that you have reviewed and updated your caseload for this school year
  10. To save all students or edits on your profile, you must click the Update button at the top or bottom of the page or your revisions will be lost

Please contact us at should you experience any difficulties or if you have any questions.

Thank you & have a hearty October!

The ARC-BC Provincial Team