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.


Adaptive Yoga Workshop for Students of all Abilities
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm
Building/Room: Building M, Room M-249

Description: In a  yoga workshop for people of all abilities, Instructor Ryan McGraw draws on his own experience as a person with cerebral palsy to create a safe environment for students. His years of personal yoga practice and training as a yoga teacher gives him a great understanding of how to adapt the practice of yoga to meet the unique needs of each individual. He will teach poses and techniques to make yoga accessible to every body.  RSVP to

The Disability History Exhibit will be on Display in the Avanté Hallway, October 10 – 14, 2016

Don’t miss the “Reinventing the Wheel Photography Exhibit” on display in the art cases of the P-hallway, October 10th through November 4th.


REINVENTING THE WHEEL: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury
Time:  12:15 – 1 pm
Building/Room: Building P, Room P-205
Description:  A traveling photography exhibit

21 People with Spinal Cord Injury
21 Photographers
21 Stories About ABILITY

The result of an online “disability” image search will most often generate somber, sad, and hopeless imagery that perpetuates stereotypes and fails to reflect the real lives of individuals with disabilities. Contrary to popular beliefs, people with disabilities can live happy and successful lives, are active members of their communities, and make important contributions to society. 

Reinventing the Wheel is a collection of imagery and visual storytelling that reflects the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Twenty one people with SCI matched with twenty one photographers from cities nationwide created photo essays through a realistic, positive and creative lens. 

 Revecca Torres, founder of Backbones and our Distinguished Alumni recipient this year will be talking about the exhibit Tuesday, October 11th from 12:15-1:00 in Room P-205.



Group Transit Orientation Program
Time: 3:00-4:00
Building/Room:  Building L, Room L-200

Speaker:  Patricia Fitzgerald, RTA Mobility Outreach Coordinator

Description: Accessible CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains are easy to use and the RTA would love to show you how! Stay informed about public transportation options in order to get to appointments, maintain social connections, and enjoy independent travel!

ADS celebrates DeaFest  (formerly Deaf Awareness Week)
-a celebration of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language-
now in its 24th year!


Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)
Description: 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 Whitney Young and the runner up is Hinsdale South.
Sponsor:The Midwest Gallaudet University Regional Center
Admission: Free


Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)
Description: The First Annual Chicago Deaf Film Festival will showcase films made by students in four school categories:  Elementary, Middle School, High School and College. The short films are limited to five minutes or fewer, and must reflect one of the seven stated film categories:  ABC story, ASL poetry, ASL song, Number Story, Personification, Storytelling and Short Film. Winners in each category of the competition will be announced by the end of the night.
** The award ceremony will be followed by a reception and refreshments.**
Co-Hosted by:  Chicagoland Deaf Seniors and Harper College Deaf Institute
Admission: Adults $20; Students $4
To purchase tickets, email Jim Lomanto, Chairperson, Chicagoland Deaf Seniors, at
Tickets go on sale online 8/22/16, until show time at Harper's box office

For more information about DeaFest 2016,
email Debby Sampson at
224.836.5048 VP or 847.925.6266 Voice