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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

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021, the ARC-BC team celebrates students, colleagues, and friends and the work that they are doing to make learning communities more inclusive & responsive to how they learn best. Visit the #IDPD site for more information on this day. Here in British Columbia, for more information on the latest developments around the Accessible BC Act please see today's announcement of the naming of the Provincial Advisory Committee to develop the Standards within the Act.

Looking Ahead - Black History Month 2022

With February 2022 coming up soon, please submit any requests for production that you have for Black History-focused content. Over the last two years the ARC-BC team has added a range of content to support equitable access to Black History-focused content for students with perceptual disabilities, with titles including Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged by Jody Warner and Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. 

Looking Ahead - Please Submit Production Requests for the New Term

We 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) will require for the start of the new term, 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 12 years of producing digital alternate formats on behalf of students with perceptual disabilities, the ARC-BC online 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 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 arc@prcvi.org 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 not returning to your role in January 2022, please inform your ARC-BC District Contact. This will help us to ensure that your account is safely archived.

If you have questions or feedback regarding ARC-BC, please email us arc@prcvi.org

Thank you for all your work to ensure equitable access to learning opportunities for students with perceptual disabilities.

Best wishes for a relaxing and restful holiday season!

- The ARC-BC Provincial Team