Skip to main content

Learning Accessibility Services

Carthage College is committed to ensuring that otherwise qualified students with disabilities have access to full participation in its courses, programs, services, and activities. 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. While the LAS professional will sign off on the requested accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to deliver the Instructor Accommodations forms to instructors within the first two weeks of the semester (or immediately if secured mid-semester) and discussing the content with their instructors.

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.

5. Students who are registered for services are responsible for contacting LAS before or at the start of each subsequent semester to request Instructor Accommodation forms. Accommodations are specific to each course and do not carry over from semester to semester.

Contact

Diane Schowalter, Director of Learning Accessibility Services, Hedberg Library, 262-551-5802, dschowalter1@carthage.edu.

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

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines covers 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 (communications@carthage.edu).

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

    Previous
    Next