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. 

ADS advocates for the positive changes that make 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. This encourages broad access for all learners who wish to participate in Harper College courses and activities.

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. Information on upcoming 2016 events is listed below:

April 7, 2016 (Thursday), 3 pm - 4 pm, Erasing the Distance, J Theatre, Room J143 (park in Lot 5 or 6).  This theatrical experience explores true stories of depression, Asperger's Syndrome and OCD.  Tickets are free.

April 12, 2016 (Tuesday), 6 pm - 8 pm, 2016 Parent/Student Information Meeting, J Theatre, Room J143 (park in Lot 5 or 6).  High school students with disabilities who are on Section 504 or IEPs are invited to attend our 2016 Parent/Student Information Meeting hosted by Harper College.  This meeting will provide information about services and accommodations that students attending Harper can receive when they register with ADS, in addition to learning about the differences between high school and college, the laws that govern college services, and most importantly, meeting the Harper staff who can respond to your questions and concerns.  If you are a senior and certain that you will be attending Harper, you are encouraged to apply to Harper prior to this event, or there will be an opportunity to do so as part of this program.  Also, seniors (who have completed Harper applications) will be able to apply for disability services immediately following the presentation.   Light refreshments will be served and we look forward to meeting you at this event.

April 16, 2016 (Saturday), 9 am - 5 pm, Harper College Deaf Institute will proudly host the 12th Annual Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament for High School and College Teams, in the Building M Gym.  Fan admission for the event will be $5 for adults, $3 for Students with ID, and children of 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  The concessions area will sell hot and cold food, snacks and beverages.  Interested coaches, volunteers and referees may contact Debby Sampson at

April 29, 2016 (Friday), 8 am - 2 pm, 15th Annual Pathways Vision Conference, Building A, Room A238 (park in Lot 2).  Targeted for any blind or low vision consumer, from grammar school, high school, college, and young adulthood, this year's presentations will include the Low Vision Road Show with Tom Perski, PACE Suburban Transit, the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, and Susan Dalton speaking on Activities of Daily Living.  To register for this free conference or request more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Naddeo, Director of Special Education, School District 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois 60194, phone:  847.357.5064, or email:  This conference is sponsored by Harper College, School District 15, School District 54, School District 211, and the Palatine Lions Club.