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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Register now for the first-ever ARC-BC Conference!

Designing for Inclusion - May 10-11, 2019 in Richmond, BC.

Registration is now open 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. Be sure to take advantage of the Early Bird rate of $150!

ARC-BC News - January/February 2019

We're off to a busy start in 2019 with our ARC-BC team collaborating with educational teams across the province around access to learning materials and inclusive design. In this issue of the ARC-BC news, we outline some of this work as well as provide the answer to one of ARC-BC users' most frequently asked questions.

Students with Learning Disabilities - Where do they fit?

Our team has received several questions related to the eligibility of students with learning disabilities to receive digital alternate format materials from ARC-BC. Section 32 of the Copyright Act permits the creation and use of these materials by students with print (or perceptual) disabilities. This includes students with learning disabilities requiring the use of digital alternate format materials to support comprehension.

The ARC-BC Community Agreement requires that school districts and independent schools maintain documentation for students with perceptual disabilities that is consistent with the district or school's policy to qualify students as having a learning disability. If a student's need for learning materials in digital alternate format is documented and meets the district or school's identification requirement for learning disability - they are eligible for digital alternate format materials from ARC-BC. Please contact your ARC-BC District Contact with questions regarding student eligibility.

Upcoming Webinar - AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit?

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST is hosting a one-hour webinar on integrating accessible educational materials (including digital alternate format materials like those available through ARC-BC) into individualized programming planning. The webinar is on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 and runs from 11:00 - 12:00 PM PDT/12:00 - 1:00 PM MDT. Registration is required in advance at the AEM Center website.

Creating accessible Microsoft Word documents - videos now online!

Our team has been working on a series of instructional videos around the creation of accessible educational materials. The latest installment in this series is on creating accessible Microsoft Word documents. There are two YouTube playlists: One for users who are creating these materials using a mouse; and one for users creating educational materials using only the keyboard. Videos on creating accessible PowerPoint files are already posted. Coming soon - creating accessible documents using Google Docs!