Special Message for Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This is an especially challenging time to be a college student! Virtual and online learning, as important as they are, may present new issues for students with disabilities. We are here to work with you to ensure you have the accommodations you need to have equal access to Carthage’s programs.
Please think about what has worked well for you as you have transitioned to online learning and about what has been difficult. Know that the academic resources Carthage offers (Writing Center, tutoring, academic coaching, librarians) are still available to you! Reach out to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (262-551-5802) and we can arrange a time to talk or meet virtually.
I am so looking forward to seeing you on campus as soon as it is safe to do so!
Director, Learning Accessibility Services
The College is guided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. Students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations according to their needs and documentation of their disabilities.
What is Learning Accessibility Services?
Learning Accessibility Services (LAS) is a department that works with any student who has a documented disability and their instructors to create a plan for appropriate accommodations and support resources. All services are free of charge. If you would like to discuss accommodations, please contact us so we can set up a time to meet in person or talk to on the phone about the accommodation process.
Procedure for Requesting/Receiving Accommodations at Carthage College
1. Students must register with Learning Accessibility Services (LAS) and provide current documentation of a disability from an appropriate professional. This should occur as soon as possible after enrolling at Carthage College. For some accommodations, two weeks notice may be sufficient. For other accommodations, such as accessible textbooks, at least a month may be necessary to fulfill the request.
2. Students meet with LAS to discuss requested accommodations and collaboratively complete an Instructor Accommodations Form. The completed Instructor Accommodations Forms are emailed to each instructor and the student just prior to the beginning of each term. Students are responsible for introducing themselves in the first two weeks of classes (or immediately if secured mid-semester) to make a plan for how accommodations will work.
3. Instructors are responsible for implementing assigned accommodations and seeking guidance from LAS if they have questions. Students should inform their instructors a few days prior to test dates if they plan to use the Testing Center. If there is a problem with an accommodation, the student should discuss the problem with the instructor and/or LAS so that a resolution can be achieved.
4. If a student is unable to resolve a problem related to accommodations with the support of LAS, the student and LAS should consult with the department head and, if necessary, the division head. If these steps do not lead to resolution of the problem, LAS and the student will bring the matter to the Office of the Provost.
Diane Schowalter, Director of Learning Accessibility Services, Hedberg Library, 262-551-5802, email@example.com.
ADA Compliance: Laws and Regulations
American with Disabilities Act of 1990
The American with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, 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 impairment must substantially limit one or more major life activities such as self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing or learning.
Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
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.”
Section 508, Rehabilitation act of 1973
Section 508 is a rule that updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology in the federal sector.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines cover recommendations for making web content more accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities and more usable in general. The Office of Communications at Carthage College is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. The College has adopted the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) as the reference framework for online content development and delivery. If you have concerns about website accessibility please contact the Office of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org.