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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 – September 2021 

Happy New Year! We hope you had a restful summer break. This is a quick note to tell you about an important update that we have made to the ARC-BC collection.

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Over the summer, the ARC-BC team added over 40 titles from Indigenous authors and Reconciliation-focused content to our digital alternate format collection.. Please consider checking the ARC-BC repository when planning activities to align with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to ensure that students with perceptual disabilities have equitable access.

As always, if a new title is needed or an existing title is needed in another format, please refer users to our Request a Title page. If a title is needed and appears as [In Production] in the repository, please submit a request as this will help to move the title to the top of the production queue.

New Online Portal and Workshops for 2021-2022

Just before the end of the last school year the ARC-BC team launched the Universal Design for Learning Materials portal on our site. This is a framework for applying Universal Design to the creation and/or collection of digital learning materials for accessibility. On this page you will find how-to guides for creating accessible content using tools such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat as well as resource lists.

For more learning about digital accessibility, check out our workshops page. Here you will find several virtual options for training that can be personalized to the software and devices used by students and educators in your school/district!

Best wishes for the school year ahead. Please do not hesitate to be in touch us with any questions or for more information – arc@prcvi.org

Thank you for your commitment to digital inclusion and equitable access to learning materials.

- The ARC-BC Team.