Disability Resources and Educational Services


  • Picture of Dr. Forber-Pratt and her service dog
    DRES Alumna is new director of NIDILRR

    Congrats to Dr. Forber-Pratt!

  • Red Blue and Green swirl symbol that represents paralympics
    Check out our Paralympic Athletes as they train for Toyko 2021

    Check out our paralympic athletes as they train for Toyko 2021!

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Honor Dr. Tim Nugent and his legacy

    Former DRES founder and director honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Question marks
    Questions About Disability Services for Incoming Students?

    If you missed the virtual open houses or still have questions about services, you can watch the videos to get your questions answered.

  • DRES Unveils Legacy Project

    DRES hosted disability pioneer's widow and son for a tour of the new Legacy Project

  • 2021 DSO Holiday Party

    The DSO Holiday Party for Children with disabilities is returning this year as an in-person event!

  • 2021 DSO Holiday Party

    The DSO Holiday Party for Children with disabilities is returning this year as an in-person event!

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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