UI REACH

Welcome to the UI REACH website,

The University of Iowa REACH Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. UI REACH provides a campus experience to empower young adults to become independent, engaged members of the community. Courses, campus life, and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential. UI REACH strives to maintain periodic contact with alumni to encourage them to become independent adults by utilizing the independent living and career-related skills they learned in the program.

We welcome your interest in the UI REACH program and encourage you to explore this website to learn more about our program, students, and faculty.  If you would like additional information please feel free to contact our office at 319-384-2127.

Pam Ries, Ed.D.
Director, UI REACH


REACH Student at Old Capitol

Key Features of UI REACH

  • Big Ten University experience
  • Integrated, on-campus residence hall living
  • Inclusive academic learning opportunities
  • Generous scholarship support
  • Quality College of Education instructors and advisors
  • Specialized core curriculum and service learning
  • Employment preparation and training
  • Community-based internships
  • Transition portfolio

Vision

Our vision is to empower young adults to become independent, self-determined individuals who contribute to the community and whose lives are personally rewarding.

Mission

Our mission is to provide an integrated Big 10 University experience which prepares young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence through campus involvement, career development, collaborative research, coursework, and residence hall living.

Program Standards

  1. Academics and Life-Long Learning: Demonstrates life-long learning skills, including practical academic skills
  2. Career and Vocation: Demonstrates understanding of individual career exploration and vocational preparedness
  3. Community and Leisure: Demonstrates preparedness for community life and leisure activities
  4. Independent and Daily Life: Demonstrates competence in independent and daily life skills
  5. Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination: Demonstrates the use of self-advocacy and self-determination skills
  6. Social and Interpersonal: Engages appropriately in social and interpersonal interactions

Students on lawn at Pentacrest in Iowa gear