At Carthage College, we are committed to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Learning Accessibility Services support over 300 students with physical, learning, psychological, sensory and other disabilities. Carthage students partner with our office and their instructors to create a plan for their access and inclusion on campus. All services are free of charge.
Welcome Carthage Students!
Learning Accessibility Services work with students to determine appropriate accommodations in the academic setting here at Carthage. if you would like to discuss accommodations, please contact us so we can set up a time to meet in person or talk on the phone about the accommodation process. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to accommodations that ensure equal access to Carthage learning experiences. Students are responsible for contacting Academic Support Services and providing current documentation. Students who do not have current documentation or suspect they may have a learning disability may arrange for assessment services.
Please consult the following links for specific information on important topics, and don’t hesitate to call or write with questions or concerns.
- Academic Accommodations
- Documentation Guidelines
- Disability Laws
- New Carthage Students and Parents
- Technology to Support Learning
- Accessible Books/Course Materials
- Testing Center
- Further Resources
Diane Schowalter, Director of Learning Accessibility Services, Hedberg Library, 262-551-5802, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The process of securing academic accommodations at Carthage works like this:
- Contact the Learning Accessibility Services (LAS) to let the staff know that you intend to request accommodations. Please do so as soon as you have decided to attend Carthage.
- Provide current documentation of a disability to LAS.
- Meet with an LAS staff member to discuss specific accommodations for classes and create an accommodations sheet to share with your instructors.
- Deliver accommodations sheets to each instructor and discuss how accommodations will work for each class.
- Follow up with LAS regarding any concerns about accommodations.
Documentation is confidential information from an appropriately qualified health or other service professional who is knowledgeable about the students’ condition. This might be a therapist, physician, rehabilitation counselor, school psychologist or audiologist. Documentation varies in length and format but should clearly state the nature of the disability and how the disability impacts the student. The more recent the documentation is, the more helpful it is likely to be when considering accommodations. Examples of documentation include:
- Psychoeducational evaluation
- Neuropsychological assessment
- Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)
- 504 Plan
- Vocational assessment
- Letter from health or other service professional
What does the law say about students with disabilities?
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against people in programs or activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Accordingly, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states: “No otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States shall solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 upholds and extends the standards for compliance set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to employment practices and communications, and policies, procedures and practices that impact the treatment of students with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination for qualified individuals on the basis of disability.
Under federal law, a person with a disability is any person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment
- has a record of such an impairment
- is regarded as having such an impairment
To meet the definition of a disability, a person’s disability must substantially limit one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing or learning.
Scheduling Testing Accommodations
For scheduling Testing Center accommodations please visit the Hedberg Library Scheduling Service. You will need to “Register for an account” and then choose the Testing Center schedule from the drop-down menu.
Take a look at the Accessibility Resources available at the Hedberg Library. You will find information about finding audiobooks, ebooks, and downloading screen readers.
- American Foundation for the Blind (AFB): Resources for students with vision impairments.
- Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Primarily geared toward professionals serving students with disabilities at colleges and universities.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association: For students with attention disorders and their parents.
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: For students with attention disorders and their parents.
- Disability Access Information and Support (DAIS): For higher education professionals serving students with disabilities in colleges and universities.
- Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT): Links for faculty, staff, and students with an emphasis on connections and technology, including resources for internships and scholarships for students with disabilities.
- HEALTH Resource Center: Housed at George Washington University, this is the national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: Information for parents and students, including scholarship opportunities.
- Office for Civil Rights: The Office of Civil Rights exists to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. This resource includes helpful resources for students and their parents concerning their rights and responsibilities.