Access and Disability Services

STEM Career Fair - STEM Teacher/Sign Language Interpreter Workshop

Join us Friday, May 3
for a STEM Career Fair. Deaf and hard of hearing students will have opportunities to learn about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields and available STEM programs at Harper College.

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Join us Saturday, May 4
for a STEM Teacher/Sign Language Interpreter workshop. At STEMbusters, learn techniques in Universal Design and earn CEUs/CPDUs.

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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.

For questions about emergency procedures on campus, please refer to for important information and videos about how to respond to potential emergency situations on campus.  

Students New 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.  Complete and submit your application, then call or stop by the office to schedule your intake appointment.

Don't miss the Access & Disability Services Parent/Student Information Meeting on Tuesday, 4/9/19, from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm, in the Performing Arts Center (closest parking:  Lot 2).

Returning Students

If you are a returning student and have not met with an ADS Specialist or Advocate for one or more semesters, please schedule an accommodations/accessibility appointment for your upcoming semester to avoid experiencing a lag in services.

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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. Please check back for future postings.


ADS Parent/Student Information Meeting (ADS Open House)
Date:    Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time:    5:30-6:00 pm Check-in and booth/exhibits
            6:00-7:30 pm Panel Discussion, followed by a Q & A
Place:  Performing Arts Center (closest parking:  Lot 2)

Come and meet the educators and disability professionals of Access and Disability Services to learn about our programs and services for your incoming freshman.  The transition from high school to college can be stressful and full of questions--come and get answers!  Learn about the accommodations offered to students with documented disabilities, the laws that govern college services, the many campus resources, etc. 
High School Seniors:  Remember to apply to Harper prior to this event if you are sure you will attend Harper.


Harper College Deaf Institute Proudly Hosts

15th Annual Co-ed Volleyball Tournament For High School & College Teams

Date:   Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time:   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Place:  Bethel Baptist Church, 200 N. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg 60194 

Teams participating in the tournament will be announced sometime during the week of April 8th.
Admission for fans:  
- Adults, $5
- Students with ID, $3
- Children 12 and under, free**  (**must be accompanied by an adult**)

There will be concession area serving hot and cold food, snacks and beverages.

Special thanks to our Bronze Sponsor, Sorenson Communications 

For questions or to volunteer for the event, email Debby Sampson at