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.

New Students 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.

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.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Students and faculty are invited to wear blue in support of Harper’s “Light it Up Blue” Autism Awareness Day!

Stop by our Autism Awareness Table in Avanté for free giveaways, play “Spin the Trivia Wheel.”

Autism Blue Egg Hunt!

If you find a Blue Egg in Avanté or in A Building, bring it to our table to claim a prize!

Lutheran Charity Comfort Dogs!

The Dogs Are Back!  Come and reduce your stress with the wonderful and friendly Lutheran Charity Comfort Dogs!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6 pm - 7:15 pm

Parent/Student Information Meeting
Access & Disability Services (ADS)
Performing Arts Center, Building R

  • 5:30 - 6 pm - Check-in
  • 6:00 - 7:15 pm - Panel Discussion and Q & A

Access and Disability Services invites high school juniors and seniors who are on Section 504 or IEP plans, and their parents, to an informational session about making an effortless transition from high school to Harper.  We will review valuable information about Access and Disability Services, the differences between high school and college, the laws that govern college services, the services and accommodations offered by ADS, and most importantly, Harper staff will be available to answer your questions. If you are a senior and certain that you will be attending Harper, you are encouraged to apply to Harper prior to this event.
(FREE) No RSVP needed.


Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm

Harper College Deaf Institute Proudly Hosts 14th Annual Co-ed Volleyball Tournament For High School & College Teams

Due to ongoing major renovation at Harper College's gym, the Volleyball Tournament will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 200 N. Roselle Rd, Schaumburg, about four miles from our campus. BBC has two gyms with five volleyball courts and is offering a variety of reasonably priced snacks, food and beverages at its two concessions stands.

  • Admission for fans:
  • Adults, $5
  • Students with ID, $3
  • Children 12 and under, free, must be accompanied by an adult

For interested coaches, referees and volunteers, email Debby Sampson at