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 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.

ADS Success Club Meeting
Friday, 3/17/17, 1 pm 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. 

Please bring a snack to share, and 2-5 trivia questions about Autism (with the correct answers) and we will include your questions in an Autism Trivia presentation during Harper's upcoming Autism Awareness Events.

Please RSVP to to reserve your seat and bring your best "game" face!


April is Autism Awareness Month

Monday, 4/3:   Students and faculty wear blue in support of Harper’s “Light it Up Blue” Autism Awareness Day

Thursday, 4/13:  “Life Animated,” J Theater 7-9 pm with free popcorn
Shortly after he turned three, Owen Suskind, the son of journalist Ron Suskind and his wife Cornelia, stopped speaking. Owen was diagnosed with autism, but as the years passed, his family discovered that he had memorized the dialogue of every Disney animated film. As he has grown to adulthood, Owen has gained vital life skills through his connection to animated movies.  This free Movie Night is co-hosted by ADS/TAP and Student Involvement.

Wednesday, 4/19:  Stop by our Autism AwarenessTable in Avanté for free giveaways, play “Spin the Trivia Wheel,” come and reduce your stress with the wonderful and friendly Lutheran Charity Comfort Dogs, and pick up LAND* information for employers
 *Learning about Abilities, Not Disabilities

Questions or comments?  Please email


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