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Accessible Resource Centre - British Columbia

Providing Alternate Format Materials to BC Educators to Promote Access to Learning for Students with Perceptual Disabilities

The Accessible Resource Centre - British Columbia is a BC Ministry of Education funded response to the growing demand for digital accessible format alternatives to hard-copy print learning materials. The goal of ARC-BC is to provide BC students with perceptual (or print) disabilities and their educational teams with high quality digital alternate format materials that align with British Columbia's K-12 curriculum.

Is ARC-BC for my student?

ARC-BC materials are produced in accordance with Section 32 of the Copyright Act of Canada on behalf of students with perceptual (or print) disabilities. A perceptual (or print) disability results in significant difficulties seeing, holding, or understanding a work in its original format and generally encompasses:

Learn more about ARC-BC, view training, and start your registration.

Current News

ARC-BC News – February 2021

As we carry on in 2021, we would users to draw your attention to some thematic collections in ARC-BC as well as the launch of the 2020-2021 ARC-BC User Survey.

Black History Month

As educators refocus and renew shared commitments to enacting anti-racism in school communities, our team wanted to draw your attention to the many titles devoted to Black History, including the histories of Black Canadians. To ensure access to this important content for students with perceptual disabilities, please check the ARC-BC repository for alternate format versions of Black History-focused titles.

Anti-Bullying – Pink Shirt Day on February 24, 2021

The ARC-BC online repository also contains several titles related to anti-bullying. Be sure to check for titles that you are sharing with students to support literacy activities around Pink Shirt Day on February 24.

ARC-BC User Survey for 2020-2021

We have redesigned the ARC-BC User Survey for the 2020-2021 academic year. Your feedback is essential - this survey is our team’s best source of information from users on how we can make improvements to ARC-BC to ensure that the service remains responsive to the needs of educators serving students with perceptual disabilities.

Feedback obtained from the survey has directed all our development efforts over the last few years, and has resulted in:

  • A responsive web interface for easier use on a variety of different display/devices.
  • More accurate search results via an upgraded search engine.
  • The ability for users to add all files of the same format to the cart with one click.
  • The option to download all files simultaneously when checking out.

The survey is now live on the ARC-BC site. Users will be directed to the survey once they log in after this date. New users will not be prompted to take the survey until they have downloaded files on behalf of learners.

Thank you in advance for your input and for your support!