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Accessible Resource Centre - British Columbia

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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 Canadian Copyright Act 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 - January 2020

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Welcome back! The ARC-BC team would like to wish all of our users, their students, and families a happy and healthy year ahead. As we move into 2020 we would like to announce a number of new upgrades and improvements to the ARC-BC user experience!

In this issue:

  • Wondering which apps to use with ARC-BC materials? New media added to ARC-BC app profiles.
  • Is ARC-BC For My Student?
  • Upcoming ARC-BC Workshops and Training Opportunities

Wondering which apps to use with ARC-BC materials?

In September the ARC-BC team created profiles of recommended apps for using digital alternate format materials. These profiles cover a wide range of features and functionality and are organized by platform (e.g., Windows, iOS) and by file type (i.e., EPUB, PDF). Throughout Fall 2019 our team has added instructional videos to these profiles that highlight the many app features that teachers and students may find useful. These videos are being posted regularly and so if an app profile of interest does not yet have a video, check back soon! 

Is ARC-BC For My Student?

There is an updated section on the main page of our website that has details on appropriate use qualify for learning materials from ARC-BC. Check it out - you may find that we serve a wider range of learners than you think! 

Upcoming ARC-BC Workshops and Training Opportunities

We're on the road early in 2020, delivering workshops and presentations across the province - from Burnaby to Fort St. John! If your team is interested in learning more about ARC-BC, digital accessibility, and inclusive, please check out our Workshop page and do not hesitate to be in touch. Workshops can be delivered in-person or remotely.

All the best in 2020!

- The ARC-BC Provincial Team.