Girl and boy on tablet“A book that is shut is but a block.” Thomas Fuller

SET-BC creates accessible books for BC students with perceptual disabilities. These alternate formats are then submitted to ARC-BC where they are freely downloadable by BC educators who are working with students with perceptual disabilities.

  • Accessible books are children’s picture books in alternate formats.
  • Books are scanned and images added using accessible software such as Clicker 6 or iOS apps such as Pictello.
  • Text is recorded using digitized (human) or synthesized (computer) speech.
  • The graphics, text and narration are then available for reading on computers or tablets.
  • The student reads the accessible book using the accessible software or iOS app that created it.

SET-BC creates accessible versions of print books based on the following criteria:

  • Comprehension of the book’s text is enhanced through pictures and/or images.
  • The book is a piece of recommended children’s literature.
  • The book text is at an early reading level.
  • The book content is locally relevant.
  • The book will support one or more SET-BC classroom-based technology solutions.

Samples of Accessible Books

Accessible books can be created in a number of different file formats including Clicker Books(.clkb), Clicker (.clkx), Pictello(.pictello) and Powerpoint (.ppt, .ppsx).  Here are few samples of Accessible Books that have been created:

Author Created Accessible Books

Student Created Accessible Books

Teacher Created Accessible Books

Other Sources of E-text materials

Arc BC logoE-text materials for students in British Columbia with visual impairments and with print disabilities can also be found through the Accessible Resource Centre for British Columbia, ARC-BC. Members of ARC-BC will find a large number of our Accessible Books available for immediate download from ARC-BC. For more information about borrowing and downloading, visit the ARC-BC repository at

How to make Accessible Books

View Video - How to create an Accessible Book

Accessible Books Resources