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Tim Nugent, game-changer for students with disabilities

At the University of Illinois, Tim Nugent founded the first comprehensive program in higher education for people with disabilities, and helped establish the university as a power in collegiate wheelchair athletics. Host David Inge talks to Nugent about what it was like for students with disabilities when he started his program after World War II, the difficulties he faced in convincing university faculty and administrators that disabled students belonged on campus, and why wheelchair basketball was an important part of his program.

WILL Highlights

Black Science Matters logo feature u of i alma mater statue

#BlackScienceMatters

A short film series examining the severe underrepresentation of African-Americans in the sciences.


Vic Di Geronimo in WILL-FM's music library

Classic Mornings

Get more out of your classical music experience and check out Vic Di Geronimo’s blog.


ART/BTS wins 2 Tellys

For the second year in a row, the web series brought home both a Silver and Bronze Telly award.