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, and services such as specialized courses, use of assistive technology and academic 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, 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.

Friday, 2/3/17, 12 noon until 2 pm, Room J240

Students registered with ADS are welcome to come to the ADS Success Club Meeting.  A variety of board and card games will be supplied for you to play with other Success Club members and James, our ADS Counseling Intern.  Feel free to bring a dish or snack to share. 
Please RSVP to to reserve your seat and bring your best "game" face!

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


For more information about DeaFest 2017,
email Debby Sampson at
224.836.5048 VP or 847.925.6266 Voice