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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 or alternate format alternatives to hard-copy print learning materials in BC learning environments. 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 British Columbia's K-12 curriculum.

ARC-BC is managed by the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and works in consultation and partnership with BC school districts and independent schools, other alternate format producers, and publishers to provide requested materials in a timely manner.

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Current News

ARC-BC News – June 2019

Requesting new titles or alternate formats for September 2019?

Reminder: ARC-BC’s Alternate Format Production Policy has changed.

When requesting a new title be added to the ARC-BC repository on behalf of a student with a perceptual, disability, schools or school districts will no longer be asked to donate a copy of the book if that title is currently in print. The ARC-BC team will attempt to purchase a copy of the book. If the book is older or difficult to find, we may still ask the school or school district to donate a copy.

ARC-BC will, on request, produce digital alternate format files for reading series or titles that correspond to literacy kits and resources. For these new title requests that are not in fulfilment of a specific student requirement, the ARC-BC team will continue to ask the school or school district to donate copies for production in digital alternate format(s).

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

Thinking of retiring or moving on?

If you are retiring at the end of June, please inform your ARC-BC District Contact. Your District Contact's email information can be found on the Contact page.

ARC-BC Year-End Survey 2018-2019

Thank you to all ARC-BC users who completed the 2018-2019 Year-End User Survey. The winners of the ARC-BC prize kits will be notified, and prizes shipped to winners shortly. Your feedback is incredibly valuable as the ARC-BC team examines program effectiveness and works improve service delivery to our provincial community. Please do not hesitate to direct comments or questions at any time to


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Thank you for your continued support of ARC-BC. Wishing you a wonderful summer!

The ARC-BC Provincial Team