Access and Disability Services


Student Development Services

You Matter...We Care

We are currently taking proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not visit the college. We are providing services by email. Visit for updated information about the Harper College COVID-19 response and services plan.

Please call us at 847.925.6266, Monday through Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm, or email us at with questions or concerns and we will respond within 1-2 business days. 

The ADS Virtual Open House is now available!  

Watch the ADS Open House 2020 on  Since the campus is closed to visitors due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and we are not able to host our annual Student and Parent Info Night, we have created a virtual open house as an opportunity for new and prospective students, and their families, to learn more about what Access and Disability Services and Harper College has to offer you as you make your plans and reach for your life's goals.   

¡Video de bienvenida en Español Ahora disponible!

Debido al virus COVID-19, este año no abra una presentación de padres en el colegio Harper College. Aunque no habrá una reunión en persona, si tendremos una presentación virtual. Eseperamos que este video sea informativo.

Students currently enrolled and registered with ADS:  Your Access Advocate is available to you
Are you experiencing an issue with a class or an accommodation?  The ADS Office phone is accepting calls and messages at 847.925.6266.  If leaving a message, state your name, your phone number (or email address), and a brief reason for your call.  Your Advocate will be notified and will be able to return your call, or contact you by email if you prefer.  We are keeping our normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm (closed Saturday, Sunday, state-recognized holidays).  You may also email us at  Our fax number is 847.925.6267.

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.  

Harper's Diversity Statement

We at Harper College have a high respect for common humanity. We at Harper College value diverse perspectives that lead to positive cultural change. We at Harper College believe in creating spaces for healing and transformation. We at Harper College believe in justice, empathy, compassion and truth. We are Harper and we're better together.

Communication Access of the Campus

The College will respond to requests from students and community members who need accommodations for attendance at open events, providing sign language interpreters, captioning, use of assistive listening systems or other forms of access. Requests should be made online by filling out the Request Captioning or Interpreting Services form.

Students New to ADS

The Summer 2020 Semester has begun.  Apply for ADS Services today to get your accommodation plan and use all your approved accommodations for academic success.  

Complete and submit your application, then call or stop by the office to schedule your intake appointment.  Intake appointments are usually about 90 minutes and you will sit down with an Access Advocate or Accessibility Specialist who will review your documentation of disability, talk to you about our programs and services, and create your personalized Harper College Accommodation Plan.  Keep in mind that some accommodations, such as book conversion (which may need 3 or more weeks), take time to process. 

The Fall 2020 Semester begins Monday, 8/24.  Apply to ADS now to avoid any delay in services.

Returning Students

  • If you are a returning student and have not met with an ADS Specialist or Advocate for one or more semesters, your AIM portal will become inactive, and you must schedule an accommodations/accessibility appointment for your upcoming semester to become active in the system again and avoid experiencing a lag in services.  
  • Each semester, you choose the accommodations you need for each class through your AIM portal (MyStudent Portal, click on Academic Success, then click "Manage my Accommodations"). 
  • Problems or questions?  Please call (voice) 847.925.6266, or for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers, please leave a signmail on our VP, 224.836.5048.

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Upcoming Events

Need an accommodation for an event on campus?  ADS provides professional sign language interpreters for D/HH community members upon request (please allow two business days' notice)--see the link below to request. 

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.  For questions or to volunteer for DeaFest events, please email  DeaFest events will also be posted to


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