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.

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September 2018 - Welcome Back!

The start of the school year is always an exciting time for teachers, students and district personnel. We at ARC-BC are excited to launch our tenth year of providing digital alternate formats for BC students with perceptual disabilities.

Welcome to NEW District Contacts

We would like to thank all the District Contacts for the great work they do in training, promoting and supporting ARC-BC. Every year some move on or retire and we welcome new colleagues in to this role. The ARC-BC District contact information can be found on the ARC-BC website Contact page.

Use Profile & Student Information Update

Again this school year, you will be asked to update your profile. The ARC-BC Content Management Strategy requires updated student information to ensure compliance with relevant copyright legislation. Failure to provide ARC-BC with an updated profile and student information will result in the loss of user privileges. At any time this caseload information may be requested by the Ministry of Education; therefore, accuracy is of vital importance.

Once you have logged into ARC-BC, click on “My Account” at the top, then click on “Edit Profile” on the left. Make sure your school and work phone on the “User Profile” page are up to date. Then click on the “Next” tab for “Training and Use of Materials” and re-check the Agreement on Appropriate Use box. Then click on the “Next” tab for “Students” and if you are supporting the same students as last year you will need to indicate this by following these steps:

  1. Please read through your previous student list and verify the first and last name and the student PEN have all been correctly entered
  2. If this student will again be utilizing ARC-BC resources check their box under the Current Caseload “CC” 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)

Even if you have no new students to add, after checking each current student’s box under the “CC” column, you MUST click the UPDATE button at the bottom of your profile or your revisions will be lost.

Adding New Students

To start entering NEW student(s) information, make sure you have their PENs available and you need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to the bottom of the list where there is a blank line and the CC box is already checked - fill in the fields: Last Name, First Name and their 9 digit PEN
  2. Click on the blue check mark on the right to add another line
  3. 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

Finally, to save all students or edits on your profile, you MUST click the UPDATE button at the bottom of the page or your revisions will be lost.

ARC-BC Training

ARC-BC training options have been updated to include self-paced online training videos followed by a short online quiz. Please check out these new videos if you would like a refresher on ARC-BC basics. Please refer any interested colleagues who are registering with ARC-BC. All new users are required to complete one of the training options before downloading digital alternate format files on behalf of students.  Live remote training sessions and in-district workshops can still be requested.

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions or for more information.

Best wishes for 2018-2019 – ARC-BC’s Tenth Anniversary Year! Stay tuned for an email highlighting some of the exciting new upgrades to ARC-BC we’ve made in response to your feedback and in time for this anniversary year.


The ARC-BC Provincial Team