Disability Resources and Educational Services



  • Picture of 13 Illinois athletes
    Meet the Illinois Athletes and Coaches Heading to the Paralympics!
  • Adam's head shot  with ball cap
    Adam Bleakney - 2015 Paralympic Track & Field Coaching Award Recipient

    Adam Bleakney is the 2015 recipient of the DOC Counsilman Science Award for Paralympic Track and Field.

  • student in wheelchair with Secretary Arne Duncan
    Secretary Duncan Visits with DRES Students

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan started the third day of the Ready for Success back to school tour on the University of Illinois campus.

  • Ryan Wilson with camera attached to his wheelchair
    Ryan Wilson

    Ryan Wilson Covers Annual Basketball Camps in a Unique Way

  • Shannon sitting in wheelchair looking at ocean
    Shannon Kelly Studies Abroad

    What are the Challenges of Studying Abroad with a Physical Disability?  Read Shannon's Blog and find out:  https://uofi.illinois.edu/blog/view/6231/365757


A History of Firsts

  • Breaking ground in 1948

    Illinois is first post-secondary institution to provide a support service program enabling students with disabilities to attend.

  • Illinois First University to Receive Barrier-Free America Award

    Dean Tanya Gallagher accepts the Barrier-Free America Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) during its 2012 Gala.

  • 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Highlights

    DRES contributes to the Illinois Pavilion at the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

  • Brad Hedrick
    Brad Hedrick Shares DRES History with the Board of Trustees

    Brad Hedrick, the DRES Director, shared a short presentation with University of Illinois Board of Trustees in March

  • Nugent Collection Now Online

    Tim Nugent was the founder and director of Division of Rehabilitation Education Services (DRES), the first post-secondary disability support service program in the world.

  • US Secretary of Education visits DRES

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited DRES and talked with our students on his Ready for Success back to school tour.

  • Brad Hedrick Head Shot
    Brad Hedrick Retires

    Brad Hedrick retired after 33 years of service to the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Resources.

  • Dr. Tim Nugent shaking hands with University of Illinois President Dr. Robert Easter
    Dr. Tim Nugent Received Honorary Degree

    Dr. Tim Nugent, DRES founder and disability pioneer, receives honarary degree from Illinois.

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