For BC Independent Schools:
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 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 Copyright Act of Canada 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:
April 2020 Update
Dear ARC-BC users.
We hope that this message finds you healthy and in good spirits. As plans for remote learning continue to take shape in school communities across British Columbia, we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that:
- The ARC-BC team is still producing digital alternate format materials by request on behalf of students with perceptual disabilities and;
- Digital alternate format materials can be downloaded from ARC-BC online repository on behalf of these learners.
Important Reminder re: Appropriate Use
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.
Open Access to Educational Learning Materials
Some publishers and content creators have made their copyright-protected online content available by extending free access to students, families, and educators. The team at ARC-BC has created a list of these content providers to support efforts to ensure continuity of learning for all students in British Columbia.
ARC-BC Refreshers and Weekly Webinars
If you have not been back to ARC-BC in a while to see some of our new features and functionality, please feel free to review the training materials on our site at any time or sign up for a weekly live session of “ARC-BC Fundamentals” – our 30-minute introduction to the basics of ARC-BC.
Please see the form linked on the ARC-BC workshops page to sign up. We will offer these sessions every Friday at 10 AM PST through the rest of April and May 2020.
National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
A reminder from our friends at NNELS - Students with perceptual disabilities can also access titles in digital alternate formats using their accounts with public library systems across BC that are registered with NNELS. Visit the link above to learn more about NNELS’ services during this unprecedented time.
Please do not hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
The ARC-BC Provincial Team