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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ARC-BC News - March-April 2019

Welcome to the March/April issue of the ARC-BC News. In this issue, we look at upcoming professional learning opportunities in inclusive design as well as some new features on ARC-BC!

In this issue:

  • Early Bird rate for Designing for Inclusion Conference extended to Friday, April 12!
  • Upcoming Webinar on Getting Started with EPUB - April 25, 2019
  • **New Feature** Confirmation Email for New Title/Format Requests
  • Please Submit Material Requests for September 2019 ASAP!

Designing for Inclusion 2019 - Early Bird Extended to Friday, April 12

Special registration rate of $150 available until Friday for the first-ever ARC-BC Conference, Designing for Inclusion!

Register now for Designing for Inclusion: Creating Accessible Educational Materials for All Learners, presented by PRCVI, ARC-BC, and the BC Vision Teachers' Association. This two-day conference will feature a hands-on workshop by Dr. Luis Pérez from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST. Dr. Pérez will be presenting on the principles of Universal Design and how these can be used by content creators to ensure that digital educational materials are accessible to all learners. While the focus of Dr. Pérez's presentation will be on educational materials in the K-12 sector, this is important content for anyone seeking to create and share accessible digital information with learners, clients, and users with diverse access requirements.

Getting Started with EPUB

On Thursday, April 25, Dr. Luis Pérez (our presenter for Designing for Inclusion) will join the DAISY Consortium in sharing a rationale for providing digital accessible content in EPUB format to students. Using free or low-cost tools, Dr. Pérez and colleagues will outline how content creators can produce digital learning materials in EPUB that are accessible to all learners! Register today for this free webinar! The webinar will be live on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT, 12:00 - 1:00 PM MDT. 

Confirmation Email for New Title/Format Requests

Some users may have already noticed that when submitting requests for new titles or new formats on ARC-BC that an email is automatically generated that confirms the request. We have added this feature in response to user feedback asking for a record of new titles that had been requested from ARC-BC. Just as a reminder, after submitting a request for a new title or for an existing title in a different alternate format the ARC-BC team will follow up with the user.

Please Submit Material Requests for September 2019 ASAP!

We continue to add new titles to the repository and new file formats. It is always important to plan ahead, so if you know about particular titles(s) that your student(s) require for September 2019 please follow these steps:

  • Search the ARC-BC repository for the title in the format you require.
  • If the required title is in the ARC-BC repository but the notation indicates that it is [In Production] or [Under Consideration] please contact to have it added to the high priority production list.
  • If the title is available in the repository, but NOT in the format you require, or is not currently available in any formats, then submit a Request a Title or New Format Form
  • ARC-BC will attempt to purchase an original print copy of the material. If we are not able to obtain the material in a timely manner, we will notify the user that we will need the school/district to donate the original material in order to initiate the scanning and production process. The book must be relatively new with crisp, clean pages and no markings, folds or tears. Your donated book will be catalogued, have the spine cut off and sent through a high-speed scanner to capture the images necessary to produce the requested alternate format(s). The book(s) will not be returned to you and they can be shipped to: 

    Attn: Susan Hannigan 
    106-1750 West 75th Avenue 
    Vancouver, BC V6P 6G2

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