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.
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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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. DeaFest events will also be posted to www.harperevents.com.