Mission Statement

The Accessibility Awareness Committee (AAC) is committed to assisting Carleton in its effort to create inclusive working, living, and learning environments to facilitate access and involvement for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors.  With a goal of affording people with disabilities a level of self-determination indistinguishable from that available to peers without disabilities, the AAC will serve in an advisory role to Carleton by identifying ways to enhance curricular, informational, physical, residential, social, and employment access for persons with disabilities.


  • Director of Disability Services [Convener and Co-Chair];
  • Director for Human Resources [or designee, Co-Chair];
  • Associate Dean of Students [oversight of the Disability Services Office];
  • Associate Dean of the College;
  • Director for Facilities and Capital Planning [or designee]
  • 2 students [1 appointed by CSA and 1 appointed by the Coordinator for Disability Services]
  • ADA Coordinator and Vice President of Student Life
  • 1-2 representatives from Information Technology Services;
  • 1-2 representatives from Student Health & Counseling;
  • 1-2 representatives from Office of Residential Life.

Preferred Skills & Experience of Committee Members

An interest in disability issues, a willingness to learn about legal requirements for Carleton based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and a desire to identify barriers and suggest ideas to improve access for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors with disabilities at Carleton.


The AAC will assist and advise Carleton regarding issues encountered by people with disabilities including, but not limited to, integration into life at Carleton, access to academic programs, co-curricular activities, employment, facilities, and increasing disability awareness.

On an annual and as needed basis, the AAC will make recommendations to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.

In special circumstances, the AAC may be convened to serve as a consultation body for the ADA Institutional Coordinator in the event of a filed complaint.

Updated: January 18, 2018