Transition Autism Program (Project TAP)

Two innovative and dedicated counselors from ADS initiated Project TAP in the Summer of 2015 with 15 incoming freshmen.  The Transition Autism Program has been designed to meet the specific needs of students on the Autism Spectrum as they shift from high school to college. This unique grant-funded program provides peer mentoring, specialized advising and support, social skills work, and a parent support component. Project TAP will continue in the Summer/Fall 2016 semester with a new group of students on the spectrum. (Read the 2/4/16 Harper News article.)  For more information, please call (847) 925-6266 or email

To apply for TAP, you can download the application, complete the form and your essay, then fax the application at 847.925.6267 or mail the application to:

  • Access and Disability Services
  • 1200 W. Algonquin Road
  • Palatine, IL 60067-7398


Project TAP is also offering mentor opportunities to students on the Autism Spectrum who have been attending Harper classes. The mentor will draw upon his/her own experiences at Harper to provide support and encouragement to the incoming freshman. 

To apply to be a TAP Mentor, please download the Mentor Application, then fax to 847.925.6267, or mail to Access and Disability Services at 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067-7398, or drop it off in the ADS office, Building I, Room I-103.