Our Partners

We can’t do it alone. ATBC depends on a collaborative network of partner agencies and user groups to facilitate the continuity of high-quality assistive technology services throughout British Columbia. Our network of service and funding partners include:

Funding Partners

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training – StudentAid BCLogo: BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training

StudentAid BC provides program funding for the CSG Assistive Technology Program for students and the PILAT Equipment Loan-bank Program for public post-secondary institutions. These programs support over 1,500 post-secondary student’s per year through providing access to assistive technology and related technical supports.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction – Employment and Labour Market Services DivisionLogo: BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (SPDR) provides funding to support the Public Post-secondary Assistive Technology Loan-bank Program (PPL). PPL is a legacy ATBC service which has been supported by the province of British Columbia since 1993. PPL supports over 600 post-secondary student’s per year through providing access to the assistive technology loan-bank and related technical supports.

Service Delivery Partners

Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources (CAPER-BC)CAPER-BC Logo

CAPER-BC provides accessible learning and teaching materials to students and instructors who cannot use conventional print because of disabilities. CAPER and ATBC collaborate by:

  • providing individualized assessments and resource planning for mutual student clients receiving CAPER materials and assistive technology.
  • sharing expertise in creating and using alternate text materials for continued professional development of our respective teams.
  • Research and development of best practices for creating and using emerging alternate formats such as MathML.

Post-secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS)

PCAS supports BC post-secondary students with hearing loss through provision of coordinating interpreting, transcribing, captioning and electronic note-taking services. PCAS and ATBC collaborate by:

  • providing individualized assessments and resource planning for mutual student clients receiving PCAS coordinated services and assistive technology.
  • sharing expertise in providing specialized services and technology for hearing impaired students for the continued professional development of our respective teams.
  • research and development of best practices for providing TypeWell in-class and remote transcription services.

Special Education Technology – BC (SET-BC)

SET-BC LogoSET-BC is a BC Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program established to assist school districts in utilizing technology with students whose access to the curriculum is restricted due to a disability. ATBC collaborates with SET-BC by:

  • facilitating the transition from high-school to post-secondary for students using assistive technology
  • sharing expertise in using and supporting a wide range of assistive technology for continued professional development of our respective consultant and technical teams