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Harper College will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26.

Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute

Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Started in 1973, the Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute now serves between 40 and 60 students per year. Thanks to the generosity and support of the Kimball Hill family, Access and Disability Services is able to provide quality interpreting and captioning services that enhance the learning experience of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Services and Support:

The following services and supports are available to qualifying students based upon documentation and approval:

  • Sign Language Interpreting
  • Video and/or Classroom Captioning
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Academic Accommodations (Note Taking, Extended Time for Exams, Assistive Technology, etc.)
  • Disability advising
  • Deaf Club


Harper College’s 25th Annual DeaFest
A Celebration of Deaf Culture, Language and Pride
NOVEMBER 3 - 4 , 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017
10 am – 2 pm
21st Annual High School Academic Bowl
Where:  Building J Theater  (closest parking Lot 5)

Seven high schools will compete in the mental sharpening competition covering art/literature, Deaf Studies, entertainment, math and technology, science and social studies.  The defending champion is Hinsdale South High School and the runner up is Whitney Young High School. 
Admission:  Free

Saturday, November 4, 2017
5 pm – 10 pm
The Deaf Quiz Show
Where:  Building E and J Theater
(park in Lot 5)

This popular event is back by demand! Question-and-answer categories include the following: Politics, Sports, Media, History, and Deaf 101 (Includes ASL, Deaf Culture, Deaf History, etc). Team fee $20.00 per team. Proceeds go to the organizations of the top three winners.

For more information, contact Chairperson Suzy Laskowski at

Admission: Adults $2.00; Students with ID, $1.00

For more information about DeaFest 2017, 
224.836.5048 VP or 847.925.6266 Voice

Learn More:

To learn more about the Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute or our upcoming events, please email us at