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

Access and Disability Services

Access and Disability Services (ADS) works to provide the highest level of access and services, ensuring all students can equally participate in the great opportunities available at Harper College. Our staff of seasoned professionals actively engages in opportunities to increase access, improve services to students, collaborate with faculty and staff, and coordinate multiple educational and social events throughout the year.

Responsibility and Mission

Access and Disability Services is responsible for providing legally mandated access and accommodations. Reasonable accommodations and services are available to Harper students, staff and visitors with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other laws. Accommodations and services may include academic accommodations, such as extended testing time, a note taker for class, access accommodations such as a sign language interpreter or captionist, assistive technology and disability advising. 

Access and Disability Services advocates for positive change that makes Harper College more universally accessible.  In order to ensure access and accommodations that inspire students to attain their academic goals, ADS staff and our campus partners actively work to reduce barriers in the physical, electronic, and social environments of the campus.  Our work helps set the foundation for success by ensuring broad access and support.

New Students to ADS

New students may begin by reviewing the information on the New Students page.  To access the application for services, click on the "Apply for ADS Services" link in the "Get Started" sidebar to the right.

Upcoming Events

ADS hosts free and public events throughout the year. Multiple events are planned during October for Disability Employment Awareness Month and April for Disability Awareness Month. The Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute annually hosts DeaFest around the first weekend in November and the Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament in April.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Events:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Micro-Aggressions:  Become an Ally for Students with Disabilities
Where:  Building J, Room J-257
Listen to a panel of students describe how ableism and micro-aggressions affect them daily.  Reframe your attitudes about disabilities and become an ally.  Contact Debbie Reuter,, for more info.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Discussion and Tour of the Disability History Exhibit
Where:  Building Z, Room Z-123
The 23-panel Disability History Exhibit will be on display in Avante.  Contact Debbie Reuter,, for more info.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
"You are the Future" College and Career Fair for High School Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Where:  Building D

Meet college representatives, gather post-high school resources, see STEM demonstrations (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and get information about STEM careers.  Sponsored by Harper College, Kimball Hill Family Deaf Institute, DeafTEC, NSF, Illinois Service Resource Center.  Free appetizers are also available.

                           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 and the runner up is Whitney Young.

Sponsor: The Midwest Gallaudet University Regional Center

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