Jul 6, 2016
Vancouver BC – The Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources BC (CAPER-BC) is one of the recipients of the City of Vancouver’s 2016 Awards of Excellence. The award recognizes CAPER-BC’s critical role in providing access to alternate formats for students with disabilities. On July 5, they were presented the award at a ceremony at VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
“We are honoured to receive this award from the City of Vancouver,” says Patricia Cia, Director, Academic Innovation at Langara College. “The team’s hard work and strong service ethic impact students’ success and future, as shown in a student’s comment I read recently: ‘without their help, my future was very limited. Now, my future looks brighter every day, with new opportunities coming in from all directions’”.
CAPER-BC is recognized as a valuable and long-term Vancouver-based organization that works to enhance accessibility and inclusion of those with print-impairments in education. The organization meets learning needs by providing and producing materials in a variety of alternate formats. They have also been recognized for collaborating with other disability service organizations in Vancouver like The Provincial Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, Assistive Technology BC, and the UBC Crane Library. Through these Vancouver partnerships, CAPER-BC has been instrumental in building a network of resources that promotes responsive public services, reduces waiting times, identifies new technology, and gains significant cost savings through the sharing of resources.
CAPER-BC was one of 15 individuals and organizations acknowledged by the City of Vancouver for “the great work…to make Vancouver a greener, healthier, more inclusive, and more prosperous city.” Other recipients include the Trout Lake Youth Council, Megaphone Magazine, and Pacific Immigrant Resources Society. The Award of Excellence is the fourth award received by CAPER-BC in the last nine years. CAPER-BC was also the recipient an international award from the Open Education Consortium (2016), The British Columbia Library Association’s Academic Librarians in Public Service Award (2009), and the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award (2007).
Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, CAPER-BC produces textbooks, course packs, journal articles and online sources, into alternate format for print disabled students at 20 post-secondary institutions in the province. A print disability prevents a person from using conventional print sources due to visual or physical impairment, or impairment related to comprehension. Find out more at www.caperbc.ca.
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., 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. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located.