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Accessible Resource Centre - British Columbia

Learning while we are #TogetherApart

Reminder to all users

The Copyright Act of Canada limits access to ARC-BC materials to students with perceptual disabilities. Even in these unprecedented times it is a breach of copyright law to share ARC-BC materials with students without perceptual disabilities.

Many publishers and content creators have granted free access to their online learning materials while students are not in classrooms during the current global pandemic.

Our team at ARC-BC has created a page of online sources for e-Text and eBooks that are available to all learners. We will keep updating so check back often.

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:

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Current News

ARC-BC News - June 2020

Looking Ahead - Please Submit Material Requests for September 2020!

Cartoon sun wearing dark sunglassesWe continue to add new titles to the repository and new file formats. Planning ahead is key in alternate format production and so if you know about particular titles(s) that your student(s) require for September 2020, please see below:

Search the ARC-BC Repository

Start by searching the ARC-BC online repository of learning materials in digital alternate format. After nearly 11 years of producing digital alternate formats on behalf of students with perceptual disabilities, the repository has many titles aligning with the BC curriculum available for download.

What if….. 

the title I am looking for is not in the repository?

If the title is not available in the repository, or is not available in the format required by the student, please submit a Request a Title or New Format Form. The ARC-BC team will be in touch to confirm your request.

Once the completed files are posted on the ARC-BC repository, we will notify you by email that files are available to download.

the school is not able to donate a print copy for alternate format production?

The ARC-BC team always attempts to purchase a copy of the book for all student orders. If the book is older or difficult to find, we may still ask the school or school district to donate a copy.

the title I am looking for is in the repository but has a [progress] tag in parentheses?

If the required title is in the ARC-BC repository but the notation indicates that it is [In Production] or [Under Consideration] or [Partial] please contact to have it added to the high priority production list.

Additional Notes

  • If your request is for a textbook, please include a timeline for when each chapter will be needed by the student. We will produce these chapters ahead of the schedule so that files are available in time. Including a timeline with a textbook request assists our team in prioritizing production to ensure that we can provide timely service to as many students as needed throughout the year.
  • Retiring or moving on? If you are retiring at the end of June, please inform your ARC-BC District Contact. This will help us to ensure that your account is safely archived.

If you have questions/suggestions regarding ARC-BC, please email us

Thank you for all your work to ensure equitable access to learning opportunities for students with perceptual disabilities. Wishing you a wonderful summer!

The ARC-BC Provincial Team