Almost 50 years after the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Catholic College has failed to prioritize accessibility despite the struggles that people with disabilities face on the campus. Carroll College has included accessibility in the Master Plan for the College, but has refused to create an action plan or designate personnel to oversee this process. Students, alum, former faculty, and community members have come together to tell their stories regarding the inaccessibility of the College. We will be sharing these stories here on our website. A new story will be available each day during the week of March 9, 2020. Please check them out to learn about the experience of people with disabilities at Carroll College.
Carroll College student, Taylor Tyson, talks about her experience as a student with a disability explaining that “𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒈 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒄𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒈𝒆𝒕 𝒂 𝒓𝒐𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐…𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓.”
“𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒍 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒈𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑺𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑻𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔.” Hear from Professor Emeritus, Lois Fitzpatrick, about her experience as a faculty member with a disability at Carroll College.
“𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒕 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒍 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒓, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒑𝒉𝒚𝒔𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒃𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒚.” Carroll College graduate, Jenna Starke, speaks to her and her friend’s experience trying to attend Catholic Mass and religious classes on the campus of Carroll College.
“𝑼𝒏𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚, 𝑰 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒑𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒉𝒊𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒏 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔,” Carroll College student Sarah Swingley told Disability Rights Montana, as she described her experience as a student with a disability.