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 was able to expand access services such as captioning, and increase instructional support in reading, writing and math, and had developed a smart classroom for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students. The Deaf Institute serves students from across Illinois and beyond. It is a collaboration between Harper College, the Department of Rehabilitation Services and private donors.

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.)
  • Developmental Math Instruction in ASL
  • Tutoring in Math, Reading, Writing, and Other Areas
  • Advising and Counseling in Sign Language
  • Deaf Club


Call for Volunteers for the April 22, 2017, Volleyball Tournament
We are looking for volunteers for the 13th Annual Harper College Deaf Co-ed Volleyball Tournament.  The tournament will be on Saturday, April 22, from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm at Bethel Baptist Church in Schaumburg.  We need all the help we can get to ensure that this tournament runs as smoothly as possible. Volunteers working all day will be given a free lunch to show our appreciation.  If you are interested or would like to get more information, please contact Debby Sampson at

13th Annual Harper College Deaf Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament
for High School and College Teams
Saturday, 4/22/17, 9 am until 4 pm, Main Gym at Bethel Baptist Church, Schaumburg, Illinois
Due to major renovation at Harper College's gym, the volleyball tournament will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 200 N. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg (about 4 miles south of Harper)  ( has two gyms with five volleyball courts. 
Admission for fans:  Adults, $5; Students with ID, $3; Children 12/under must be accompanied by an adult – Free!

Our concession stand will offer many reasonably priced treats and drinks!

For interested coaches, referees, and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at 


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

7 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 may include, but are not limited to, the following:  Entertainment, Technology, World News, American events, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing topics.

Proceeds go to the organizations of the top three winners.

Admission:  The registration fee and admission fee will be announced in the near future.

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7 pm – 10 pm
2nd Annual Chicago Deaf Film Festival
Where:  Building J Theater

The competition will be among four school categories: elementary, middle school, high school and college. The purpose of this competition is to give Deaf and Hard of Hearing students the opportunity to showcase their ASL skills, as well as to instill pride and ownership in their work. Winners in each categories will be announced by the end of the night.

Admission: The registration fee and admission fee will be announced in the near future.

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For more information about DeaFest 2017,
email Debby Sampson at
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