New Times. New Vision. Strengthened Commitment.

 

Following a significant strategic re-branding process, PCAS is now unveiling a new name and identity along with a brand new website: ACE-BC” Academic Communication Equity-British Columbia. The new ACE-BC website welcomes Accessibility Service departments, Service Providers, all colleges and institutes as well as students in the province through this one-stop-shop resource hub. ACE-BC’s new website is modern, dynamic, responsive, meaning all of its layouts can be easily accessed and used on different digital devices and it aims to be a medium that facilitates relevant information, insights, community and connection.

 

ACE-BC, previously named PCAS is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. For more than two decades our organization has been a relied upon and trusted service for providing resources, expertise and support to help guide the post-secondary education system with ensuring access for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind students.

 

A lot has changed over the last two and a half decades and so have we. 2020 has been a year of embracing these changes and refreshing our brand identity. In our strategic plan, we set out to enhance our reach and relevance to our stakeholders and community partners through this exciting renewal process. Rebranding has enabled us to be more methodical and intentional in taking our service to a new level.

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How it all began…

In 1994, the Interpreting Services Project (ISP) began as a one-year pilot, to assist the post-secondary system in providing effective and streamlined interpreting services based on best practice. The pilot project has since established itself as a valuable support to the post-secondary system. In 2005, the project’s mandate grew to address improving access for students who are Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind across B.C. and became the Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS). In September of 2020 we officially unveiled our new brand. We are ACE-BC, Academic Communication Equity-BC.

 

 

Communication Equity Today.

 

We remain committed to our purpose, which has transformed from establishing standardized interpretation service to pursuing ongoing systems change through the expanded lens of equity and inclusion.

 


 

Access: not simply "disability accommodation."

 

We embrace a student-centered systems approach, moving beyond a medical or social model toward a human rights model. Re-imagining accessibility, while honoring identity and diversity, we strive to assist with removing barriers , ensuring communication equity and inclusive institutions for everyone.

 

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We are here for you...

ACE-BC, Academic Communication Equity - British Columbia is here to support you with the same passion and commitment; providing technical consultative assistance to the post-secondary system. This includes institutional staff, faculty, students. Convening partners across systems is also key and we are here to listen, investigate, collaborate and innovate, to achieve our shared goals for improving access and outcomes of the students we serve.

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