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.

                           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

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).

Proceeds go to the organizations of the top three winners.

Team fee $20.00 per team.
For more information, contact Chairperson Suzy Laskowski at

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

Saturday, November 4, 2017
7 pm – 10 pm
2nd Annual Chicago Deaf Film Festival
Where:  Building J Theater (park in lot 5)

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 their pride and ownship in their work. Winners in each categories will be announced by the end of the night.

Co-Hosted by: Chicagoland Deaf Seniors and Harper College Deaf Institute

Admission: The admission fee will be announced soon in the future.

 For more information, go to

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