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October 19th: Deadline to:

  1. Drop a course
  2. Remove an INC from last semester
  3. Change to or from C/NC

October 25th: Carrie Mulvaney, DGS Advisor, at DRES-Beckwith Hall, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, walk in advising, first come, first serve

October 26th: Carrie Mulvaney, DGS Advisor, at DRES-Beckwith Hall from 9:00am to 12:00pm, same arrangements as above

October 30th: Priority/Early Registration for Students in DRES

November 15th: Last Day to Sign Up to take Final Exams at DRES

Dr. Thomas-Stagg Office Hours posted (finally)

Hello! I will finally be starting my fall office hours this Wednesday. I am available for drop in appointments on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm, and on Wednesdays from 9:00am to 10:30am. Please see (and bookmark) my staff page on the DRES website for complete information:

Characteristics of Successful College Students with Learning Disabilities:

What You Can Learn from Their Experience to Become a More Successful College Student

by Karen Wold

Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, I will be sharing with you six characteristics of successful college students with disabilities, as described in a review of the research literature, one per month for three months in the fall semester and three months in the spring semester. Although the research focused mostly on college students with learning disabilities, the “success characteristics” can apply to students with any disability, and some of them can apply to any college student, whether or not they have a disability. “Success” here typically means that the student achieved his or her goals, in areas such as grade improvement.

There are six commonly found characteristics of successful college students/adults with LD in the research literature:

  • knowledge and acceptance of disability
  • learning to compensate
  • self-advocacy
  • goal setting and attainment
  • perseverance
  • use of a support system

Characteristic #1: Knowledge and Acceptance of Disability

This article will focus on the first characteristic:  knowledge and acceptance of disability. A focus group made up of college students with disabilities revealed that they believed knowledge of their disability “was critical to their success in college” (Getzel and Thoma, 2006, 35). It was the first step in their ability to advocate for themselves and seek the resources they needed to be successful.

So how do you gain knowledge about your disability? If you have lived with it for a while, you probably have a good sense of how it affects you. However, you may find that college life or college academics present a new challenge. If you have been recently diagnosed with your disability, you may not completely understand yet how it affects you. As an adult, it is essential for you to have the opportunity to read the diagnostic evaluation report, or any other relevant report, that diagnoses your disability and discuss the results with whoever conducted the evaluation. Be sure to ask any questions you have. Your case manager at DRES is also a good source of information. Family members and friends, especially those who have experienced what you are experiencing, can be good sources of support.

                The next step, acceptance of disability, can take longer to realize. As an example, taking longer to do things, like read or get from one place to another, can make you feel different from your peers. However, once you accept that you need to allow more time for these things in order to accomplish them, you can plan ahead and still accomplish the same things your peers do. You may even achieve at a higher level than your peers do because of your time and dedication. It is important to recognize that you are not solely defined by your disability. All of us have strengths and weaknesses. Acceptance of disability means that you understand and accept that you have a disability but this is just one part of who you are. Even more important is that you know your strengths, academic or otherwise. Without this knowledge, it is hard to accept a disability as you may feel shame or that you are “stupid”.

                Next month, I will discuss the importance of developing compensatory strategies that enable students to “work around” the effects of their disability to accomplish their goals.

* Getzel, E. & Thoma, C. (2006). Voice of Experience: What College Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders Tell Us Are Important Self-Determination Skills for Success. Journal of Learning Disabilities, v. 14, n. 1, 33-39.


This semester, the counseling staff at DRES is pleased to announce five support groups that will be meeting this fall semester. For each group, contact the group facilitator listed. See below for information about each of the groups. If you have an accessibility needs in participating in any of these groups, please email Dr. Jonathan Thomas-Stagg at

  • The ADHD Support Group is currently looking for interested students!  The ADHD Support Group is a chance for students with ADHD to learn about more about ADHD, medications, and coping strategies while also sharing their experiences and be supported by fellow students.  The ADHD Support Group is a relaxed and safe atmosphere, and will allow you to connect with other students with ADHD, and help improve your abilities to work with ADHD in your daily life. The ADHD Support Group will meet once per week for on either Wednesdays or Fridays here at 201 E. John, and will be facilitated by Dustin Lange. If you are interested, please email Dustin at and indicate your available times on Wednesdays and Fridays.  The group will be scheduled for the block of time that will allow the most students to attend.  We hope to hear from you!
  • Mindfulness Meditation Group -  Problems focusing? Can’t stop ruminating about difficulties in the past or worries about the future? Explore mindfulness in a group we will be starting this Fall. This weekly group will teach you to quiet your active mind, focus on the present, and learn to put past and future events in a more objective perspective. The group will meet Fall semester 2012 (day to be determined) at DRES at 201 E. John St. The group will provide a combination of psycho-education about the techniques and benefits of mindfulness, as well as support and mindfulness practice for students participating at DRES. Potential benefits of mindfulness meditation include increased reduced feelings of stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, increased concentration and focus, and overall enhanced feelings of well- being.  Please contact Gina Bartucci ( with available times if you are interested in participating.
  • Chronic Health Issues - Chronic Health Issues?  A Student?  Want Support? Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) is interested in supporting students struggling with chronic health through a support group that will focus on advocacy and peer support. We are also interested in reaching out to students who are interested in developing a chronic health student resource organization.  Please contact Betsy Basch @ DRES @ with your name and email address.
  • Procrastinators Unlimited – A new support group at DRES this Fall is focusing on the issue of procrastination in academic and daily life. Uncover your motivation to procrastinate and identify realistic and helpful ways to overcome procrastination. The group will utilize the famous text - Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do about It. This support group will run for 10 weeks, and will either be scheduled on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 4:00pm. If you are interested in joining this group, please respond to Dr. Jonathan Thomas-Stagg at and indicate your preference (either Tuesday or Wednesday) of when you would be able to participate.
  • Building Social Skills – A new support group at DRES this Fall that focuses on building social skills for students in academic and leisure settings. Do you want to know how to communicate better with professors and peers? Want to know a better way to work in groups? Learn how to ask someone on a date? Make friends? The focus of the group is most oriented to students with Asperger’s Syndrome, but is open to any student who wants to work on social skills. The group is planned for Fridays in the afternoon around lunchtime or later. If you are intersested in joining, please contact Dr. Jonathan Thomas-Stagg at and indicate the times on Friday that you would be able to attend. The meeting time will be chosen based on when the most students are available.

TWO Major Campus Career Fairs this week!!

Engineering Career Fair

Date Sep 11, 2012 - Sep 12, 2012

Time 10:00 am - 3:30 pm  

Location Illini Union Illini Rooms A, B, C

Sponsor Engineering Career Services

Business Career Fair

Date Sep 12, 2012 - Sep 13, 2012

Time 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm  

Location  ARC

Sponsor Business Career Services

Event type Career Fair


Career Fair Next week!  

Fall Engineering Employment Expo

Date - Sep 17, 2012 - Sep 19, 2012

Time - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Location - ARC (Activities and Recreation Center)

Sponsor - Engineering Council

E-Mail -

The Fall Engineering Employment Expo is hosted by Engineering Council, a student organization and is for both full-time and internship recruiting. It is similar to the ECS Fall Engineering Career Fair but it is managed by students. 

**Northrup Grumman will be represented at the fair and are interested in recruiting qualified students registered w/ DRES for their employment opportunities.  Check out their website:  and note they will be holding an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 18th!  

Northrop Grumman Corporation Information Session 

Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Location: 103 Talbot Laboratory 

 **We happen to have a DRES alum (Corey Hyslop) currently working for them in their HR dept.  He has offered to share his contact information if you have any specific questions to ask about NG. His email is:    


disABLEDperson, Inc. Scholarship

Fall 2012 National Scholarship Competition Register for this scholarship Important! You need to "Sign up now" on as a community member!

disABLEDperson, Inc. is excited to announce our Fall 2012 nationally based scholarship competition for college students with disabilities! This competition begins on August 17, 2012 and ends on October 19, 2012 for the award of $2000.00 (two thousand dollars)!

To participate, follow these simple steps: Write an essay with no more than 750 words (prompt can be found below). Click on the “Register Now” link below. Fill out the form completely and paste your essay into the form.

A few reminders: Please keep in mind that the form must be filled out completely. We cannot accept incomplete or fraudulent forms. Spelling and grammar is imperative. Please submit carefully edited drafts only.

In order to qualify, the student must be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited college or university in the United States of America. They must be a full-time student and U.S. citizen (minimum of 12 credits for undergraduate, 9 credits for graduate). Unfortunately, we are not able to award scholarships to high school students or college students who are not attending classes full-time.

Upon winning, the student will prove disability through their Disability Student Services department. We define disability as described under the ADA: “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such an individual.” A record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment.

Be sure to submit your entry before the October 19, 2012 deadline. The winner will be announced on our website on October 31, 2012. All decisions made by disABLEDperson, Inc. are final.

The essay question for this competition is: “What is your current field of study and upon completion, what challenges to you foresee as you enter the work force”?

Note: any essay exceeding 750 will be disqualified.


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Spring 2013 Online Application Open

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is happy to announce that the online application system is now open for students participating in study abroad programs during the spring 2013 term.  We anticipate this to be a competitive cycle so please encourage your students to seek your guidance and =

utilize all available Gilman resources.  For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman website at

Spring 2013 online applications are due October 2, 2012 by 11:59pm CST

For students applying for any academic term (academic year, fall, spring or summer) please find the eligibility requirements below:

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. Institution
  • United States citizen
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
  • Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks (28 days) in one country and no more than an academic year
  • Receiving academic credit
  • Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba

For more information, please contact the appropriate person below:


Last Name A-D

Phone:  832-369-3477


Last Name E-K

Phone: 832-369-3484


Last Name L-Q

Phone: 832-369-3475


Last Name R-Z

Phone: 832-369-3485



This semester, the INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre ensemble will be creating a new show about diversity.  We would like to incorporate a diversity of theatre and performance styles so they are looking for students from a multitude of different backgrounds.  No formal or informal theatre training or experience is necessary.  We believe we're all artists - we're all storytellers.

If there are students you think might be interested in being a part of this process and performance, please contact Latrelle Bright at

THEA-400M: The Performance Ensemble
This course may be taken for one (1) credit hour or students may volunteer
Where: The Armory Free Theatre (Room 160 in the Armory Bldg.)
When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm-7pm

Performance Dates will be November 6th-8th at 7pm and the 9th at 5pm and 7pm.

Alpha Phi Omega

Interested in Leadership?  Fellowship? Service?  Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity recruiting members for its fall rush.  They are really trying to enroll a diverse group of recruits and have invited all students with disabilities to check them out.  If you have an interest in service, fellowship or leadership, this is the fraternity for you!  There are more than 17,000 members at 367 colleges with the Illinois Chapter being the largest in the nation with over 400 members.  If you are  interested in the organization, check out their rush meeting:

First Pledge Meeting

Thursday, September 6th at 6pm
Bevier 180

They are also having a couple of activities prior to the Pledge meeting that all are invited to attend:

Tower Building Contest

Tuesday, September 4

5:00pm Wesley Foundation

Salt and Light

Wednesday, September 5

5pm North Lounge in the Union

If you are interested in the fraternity but can’t make the meeting or would like more information, please e-mail Melissa Johnson .


Financial Planning Club:  Join Us!

Our First Meeting is This Wednesday, September 5 in 426 Mumford at 6:30 p.m.

The Financial Planning Club, now in its second year, offers students a great opportunity to compete in case studies, network with professionals, gain professional development skills, and interact with others who have a similar interest to you!  Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact President Sean Foley at

Financial Planning Day 

Friday, October 5th, mark it down on your calendars!  

We are going to be hosting professionals from various backgrounds and students from different universities and it is up to us to make sure the speakers and students feel welcome in Champaign.  There are going to be different opportunities to introduce speakers, help prepare mini cases, and showcase our knowledge and we would like to get as many people involved as possible.


HDFS 379 Spring Course/Mid-May 2013 Trip to Cape Town, South Africa – Students registered w/ DRES are encouraged to apply!

Who:  Attn Registered DRES students!

What:  Informational meeting!!!

Learning Experience/Volunteer Abroad

Cape Town, South Africa

Spring course- HDFS 379 (2nd 8 week course Spring 2013) and May 14-June 5 Trip

When:  Thursday, September 20th  -   4 pm

Where:  132 Bevier Hall

The Details! 

HDFS 379 is a 2nd 8 week course spring 2013, and this course includes a 3 week experience in South Africa May-June 2013.  Jan Brooks, Course Instructor, is encouraging registered DRES students to apply!  She has met w/ staff members from DRES over the past academic year to discuss accommodation issues related to this study abroad experience.  If you have any questions about participation, please feel free to contact Susann at

Course:  HDFS 379:  Will meet Tuesday evenings 6-9PM the 2nd 8 weeks of the semester.

Course will focus on:  Introduction to South African history, politics, and legacy of apartheid, role of youth in liberation struggle, post-apartheid society, families and children, educational policy, family dynamics, post-apartheid challenges, HIV/AIDS, poverty, crime, and xenophobia

Estimated Dates of the South Africa Trip are May 14-June 5, 2013.

TO APPLY:  Apply at (Click ‘programs’ tab then enter ‘Cape Town’ in the field ‘program name’. )  **DEADLINE:  October 15, 2012. Selection is Competitive! 

Questions??  Contact Jan Brooks at or Susann at


Workforce Recruitment Program will be visiting DRES this fall – Recruitment Dates are still being determined, will keep you posted!

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.  WRP visits DRES annually and has placed qualified applicants in both summer internship and permanent employment positions.  Recruiting dates will be shared with you by e-newsletter as soon as they are established, however I wanted to get this message out to you as a reminder of their annual visit.

An eligible candidate:

  • has a disability
  • is a United States citizen
  • is a current, full-time, degree-seeking, post-secondary student, unless they are taking a reduced course load due to a disability OR
  • is in their final semester.
  • Individuals who met the preceding requirements while enrolled, but have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December, are also eligible. For the 2013 WRP release, interviews will be held in the fall of 2012. Candidates who graduated prior to October, 2011, are NOT eligible to participate this year.

If you have any questions regarding WRP, please feel free to email Susann at


Webinar:  Put Your Abilities to Work:  A Student's Guide to the Workforce Recruitment Program

Sign up for the Workforce Recruitment Program Webinar for students and recent graduates, Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. (EDT). To register go to

It's Not Too Late

There's still time for students and recent graduates to sign up for the Workforce Recruitment program's Put Your Abilities to Work Webinar.   Disability employment specialist Sara Mahoney will give tips on creating a strong online application and conducting an effective interview with federal agency recruiters. Sara will also offer success stories and resources available to students to support their WRP application efforts.


Questions will be answered:

Please submit any questions you have prior to the webinar to Answers to questions not discussed during the webinar along with an archived copy of the presentation will be available on the WRP website,, after the discussion.

WRP is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO).