Access and Disability Services

Student Development Services

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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.

Students currently enrolled and registered with ADS:  Your Access Advocate is available to you
During this time, many of you will be receiving your accommodations from your instructors through Blackboard, ProctorU or other online testing platform.  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.  Our normal business hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 7 pm; Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm (closed Saturday, Sunday, state-recognized holidays).  You may also email us at, and we will respond when we return.  Our fax number is 847.925.6267.

Responsibility and Mission

Access and Disability Services is responsible for providing legally mandated access and reasonable accommodations 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, ensuring all students can equally participate in the academics and social opportunities available at Harper College. 

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 staff of seasoned professionals actively engages in opportunities to increase broad access, improve support services to students, collaborate with faculty and staff, and coordinate multiple educational and social events throughout the year.

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 2021 semester will begin Monday, May 24, 2021.  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 remotely meet with an Access Advocate (by phone, videophone for Deaf students, or by Webex video) who will review the documentation of disability that you have uploaded or emailed to,  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. 

Are you looking for a way to get your Harper ID card?  Click here for the link to the Student ID Card request form 

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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 in the communication access paragraph above for the interpreter request form.

We at ADS deeply regret the temporary suspension of on-campus social, cultural and educational events for students and the Harper Community.  We look forward to the day we can "unmask" and once again come together safely and with mindfulness to grow disability awareness in our community.  Until that time, our events will be virtual.  Stay safe, stay strong--we look forward to seeing you again.  

Virtual Events for Harper:  Harper Happenings


Access and Disability Services

Please email us at with questions or concerns and we will respond within 1-2 business days. 

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