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.

Current News

ARC-BC November-December 2017 News

ARC-BC and SOGI123

Beginning in summer 2017, ARC-BC started producing digital alternate formats of recommended learning materials in the SOGI 123 curriculum resources. If your student with a perceptual disability is working on learning around sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and the recommended learning material is not found on ARC-BC, please make sure you are logged onto ARC-BC and then request a new title.

Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

Do you need a general introduction on web accessibility to share with parents, colleagues, or district IT staff? Check out this video produced by W3C in recognition of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The accessibility of online learning materials is a shared responsibility in inclusive settings and this video provides an overview of some basic steps to ensure that all students can access online content.

Other Items:

We are very pleased to welcome a number of new district contacts joining ARC-BC. If you are retiring, going on leave or moving from your school district or independent school before the end of the school year, please inform your ARC-BC District Contact and their email information can be found on the  Contact page.

If you are new to ARC-BC or have not accessed it recently and would like a refresher, please note there are numerous online training sessions offered! For online training dates you can go to the  Training  tab and click on the View Calendar link and then send us an email to reserve your spot.

It is never too late to think long term, so if you know about particular titles(s) that your student(s) require for the January-June 2018 session please follow these steps:

  • Log into ARC-BC and search the 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] please contact arc@prcvi.org to have the format your student needs 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
  • We will notify you if we do not have a copy and you will then need to donate the book in order to initiate the scanning and production process
  • The book(s) can be shipped to:
    ARC-BC
    Attn: Susan Hannigan
    106-1750 West 75th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6P 6G2
  • We will notify you by email when files are available to download from the repository

Thank you for your continued support of access to learning for students with perceptual disabilities in British Columbia. Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

-The ARC-BC Provincial Team.