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, 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

Are you ready for the Spring 2020 Semester which begins January 13, 2020?  Apply for ADS Services today to get your accommodation plan in place and ready for the start of classes. 

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.

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 or stop by the ADS Office, Room I-103, voice callers use 847.925.6266, Deaf/HH callers may call on the VP 224.836.5048. 

Apply for Scholarships! 

Questions about the Harper College Promise Scholarship? 

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 above in the right sidebar 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  

November 2019


Date:  Friday, 11/01/19
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 Hersey and the runner up is Illinois School for the Deaf.

For more information, contact Suzy Laskowski at

Admission: Free

Voice interpreting will be provided.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request no later than Friday, October 18.

(Saturday's Deaf Quiz Show has been canceled.)

Tres Fridas Project
Dates:  Monday, 11/4, through Friday, 11/8
Images on display on the 2nd floor of Building P

Description:  Reimagining Art Through the Disability Lens--A collaboration between Reveca Torres, Mariam Pare, and Tara Ahern.  Reveca has been recognized as one of Harper's Distinguished Alumni.

Event Reception
Tuesday, 11/05, 12 noon until 1 pm, Building C, Room C-204

December 2019

Adaptive Sports Day, Tuesday, 12/3, 12 noon until 4 pm

Come and enjoy Adaptive Sports Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Adaptive Sports Day at Harper College is designed to increase general awareness regarding adaptive sports and to promote physical activity for everyone. Below is a general list of events and highlights for the day. Participants are able to attend one or all of the events:

  • Guest speaker, Roseann Sdoia, Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor and Amputee (12:15pm)
  • Take your photo with local major league team mascots (1:00pm)
  • Interactive booths from a variety of campus and community partners. Come learn about various adaptive sports and try out new sports and technologies! (All day)
  • Meet former NFL players (All day)
  • UW Whitewater Wheelchair Basketball Team presentation and demonstration (3:00pm)

Where? Building M, Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center, Gymnasium

Questions? Contact Beth Ripperger, Harper Wellness Manager, at or 847-925-6963. Open to students, employees, faculty and community members. A Health and Recreation Center membership is NOT required.