Blooming Initiative at ACE-BC: COPE - Community of Practice and Engagement

 

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that our online presence was more critical than ever before as we strived to improve and expand our support to our collaborators and stakeholders. This week marks one year of working and learning remotely together with achievements made possible through resilience, innovation and compassion.

 

Our Community of Practice and Engagement (COPE) initiative brought our passionate and committed stakeholders together in unprecedented numbers as we transitioned to online teaching and learning. The provincial conversations have been remarkable for shared learning and support in addressing accessibility challenges.


Contact Us under the category COPE and we’ll send you an invitation! Next up: bi-weekly session with Accessibility Services on March 18, 2021.

Spring: A Transition Season

Spring holds memories with glimpses of optimism and growth of a new season ahead. This transformation rings true for us at ACE-BC this year. Moving into the next phase of our "3-R" program renewal strategy: to increase our reach and relevance, we reflect on how these efforts have enabled us to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a centralized resource hub, we're grateful to innovate and take action with all of you in identifying, preventing and removing barriers in post-secondary education. We look forward to growing forward with you!

B.C. Accessibility Legislation "Nothing About Us Without Us"

At a recent COPE session, we received an update on the imminent accessibility legislation and engaged in an open dialogue with the Accessibility Secretariat and Parliamentary Secretary. We look forward to continued conversations; exploring how our community can help shape the standards of equitable access and inclusion in post-secondary education, through a student-centered systems approach.


Transition Into Post-Secondary Studies (TIPS)


Spring is the season when high school students complete their transition into post-secondary studies planning. ACE-BC's new online course "TIPS" Transition Into Post-Secondary is being piloted for students though BCIT's new massive open online course (MOOC) platform. As a result, high school graduates are able to access this important transition information with support from their teachers and ACE-BC. [This course is also available to students currently enrolled in post-secondary studies to support them in navigating the educational system]. Contact us for info about our drop-in sessions!

 

 

Additional funding leads the way...

 

With the sudden pivot to online learning, many accessibility challenges for students who are Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-Blind were amplified and continue to evolve. Continual changes and adaptations in technology and online learning platforms make it difficult to determine best practices for online accessibility. The efforts of ACE-BC's working group have been lifted, thanks to additional funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. A research project has been established to examine the current literature, landscape and practices and will result in resources to support more inclusive and accessible post-secondary education.

 

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