Disability Resource Guide

A Guide To Disability Resources and Services Offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  1. Services for Students with Disabilities
  2. Student Services Office
  3. Academic Services: Psychological Services | Learning Disabilities Services | Mobility, Vision, and Systemic Disability Services | Hearing Disability Services and Interpreting Services | Testing Accommodations | Assistive Communication and Information Technology | Accessible Media Services
  4. Non-Academic Services: Transportation Services | Physical Therapy and Functional Training | Campus Life | Beckwith Residential Support Services
  5. Other Resources

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) is the designated office of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that maintains disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for disability services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops and coordinates plans for the provision of such accommodations for students with disabilities.

Academic services for students with disabilities are coordinated by DRES personnel who serve as access specialists. Each student who registers with DRES for the purpose of requesting disability-related academic adjustments and accommodations will be assigned an access specialist based upon the student's primary disability. Additionally, there are services offered by DRES that are commonly used by students with various types of disabilities. Students who wish to learn more about our services should call (217) 333-4603 where they will be routed to the appropriate access specialist or they can visit the DRES (www.disability.illinois.edu) website to complete and submit an application and review the disability documentation requirements.

The following is a brief overview of DRES programs.

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Student Services Office

General services include:

  1. Information packets
  2. DRES tour scheduling
  3. Registration for disability support services
  4. Priority registration
  5. Campus access advising
  6. Notetaking service packets
  7. Adjustable tables for classrooms and labs
  8. Accessible housing information
  9. Parking access for students with physical disabilities

Academic Services

Psychological Disability Services

 

  1. Coordination/case management of academic accommodations for students with psychological disabilities, head trauma, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism/Asperger's
  2. Referrals for mental health resources
  3. Executive skills/academic coaching
  4. Individual and group psychotherapy
  5. Consultation for academic difficulties and appropriate referrals
  6. Crisis management and problem solving

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Learning Disabilities Services

 

  1. Coordination/case management of academic accommodations for students with learning disabilities
  2. Learning strategies consultation and provision
  3. Crisis management and problem solving

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Mobility and Systemic Disability Services

 

  1. Coordination/case management of academic accommodations for students with mobility impairments and chronic medical conditions
  2. Information and referral for disability-related needs, both on campus and within the community
  3. Coordination of corporate internships, employment, and recruitment activities
  4. Liaison to Study Abroad Office
  5. Career Services

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Hearing and Vision Disability Services and Interpreting Services

 

  1. Coordination/case management for students who are deaf or with hearing impairments or blind or low vision
  2. Information and presentations to campus community on disability-related topics
  3. Sign language and oral interpreting services

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Testing Accommodations

 

  1. Testing with accommodations (e.g., extended time, distraction-reduced environment, readers, scribes, assistive technology)
  2. Training in assistive technology

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Assistive Communication and Information Technology

 

  1. Electronic information and communication technologies access support
  2. Universal design of web resources and computer software

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Accessible Media Services

 

  1. Conversion of texts and other course materials to accessible formats (e.g., Braille, large print, electronic text)
  2. Rendering of visual graphics into tactile formats
  3. Captioning

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Non-Academic Services

Transportation and Accessibility

 

  1. Bus transportation via lift-equipped buses
  2. Campus Accessibility

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Physical Therapy and Functional Training

 

  1. Adapted equipment/fitness gym
  2. Development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs under direction of physical therapist, strength and conditioning specialist, and certified athletic trainer
  3. Kinesiology 111 --Credit physical activity course

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Campus Life

 

  1. Adapted varsity athletics including: wheelchair basketball, track and road racing for men and women
  2. Leisure resource referral
  3. Recreational programs
  4. Delta Sigma Omicron - Service fraternity for all students interested in disability issues; leadership opportunities available, email dso@illinois.edu

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Beckwith Residential Support Services

 

  1. Residence hall with personal assistance (P.A.) services available in house
  2. Spacious private rooms with semi-private bathrooms
  3. Food service; personal assistance service available for meals if necessary
  4. 24-hour emergency PA assistance
  5. State-of-the-art computer lab; internet access in private rooms
  6. Emergency call system in all student rooms
  7. Housekeeping and maintenance services
  8. Student government

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