Langara College in British Columbia receives $100,000 Government Grant to Support Accessible Learning
(Apr 1, 2015)
Vancouver, BC – Langara College is pleased to announce a one-time grant of $100,000 from British Columbia's Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) for the Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources BC (CAPER-BC), which is run by Langara College.
CAPER-BC is dedicated to developing accessible learning and teaching materials for students and faculty who cannot use conventional print resources. The grant will support the delivery of short-term training aligned with B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint by increasing CAPER-BC’s capacity to produce accessible materials in trades and math, to conduct further user testing of open textbooks to ensure accessibility, and to create new trade materials using the principles of universal design.
“Post-secondary education and training programs need to be accessible to all British Columbians,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “People with disabilities can be underemployed and often require additional support. Developing accessible materials in math and trades will help more students develop job skills that are aligned with the provincial labour market.”
“We’re very excited,” said Patricia Cia, Director of CAPER-BC. “Creating alternate formats for trades materials is challenging and the number of students with print disabilities in the trades is increasing. This funding will enable us to help these students succeed in their programs and initiate improved processes for the longer term.”
The Centre for Accessible Post-Secondary Education Resources BC provides accessible learning and teaching materials for those who cannot use conventional print because of disabilities. CAPER-BC is a service delivered by Langara College and funded by the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and serves students and faculty across 20 BC post-secondary institutions. Find out more at www.caperbc.ca
About Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path.
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