At Carthage College, we are committed to ensuring equal access to educational opportunities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Learning Accessibility Services support over 300 students with physical, learning, psychological, sensory and other disabilities. Carthage College strives to make education attainable and accessible to all students. With the goal of providing accessibility for all students, the College strives to comply with both federal and state guidelines regarding accessible resources and services.
What is Learning Accessibility Services?
Learning Accessibility Services (LAS) is an office on campus that works with any student who has a disclosed 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 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 LAS and providing current documentation. Students who do not have current documentation or suspect they may have a learning disability may arrange for assessment services.
Diane Schowalter, Director of Learning Accessibility Services, Hedberg Library, 262-551-5802, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADA Compliance: Laws and Regulations
American with Disabilities Act of 1990
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.
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 (email@example.com).