The University of Iowa REACH Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. 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. Post-graduation support assists students as they transition to work and self-sufficiency.
To create an authentic, inclusive living-learning experience that builds career skills, academic achievement, personal responsibility, interpersonal competence, and a promising future for young adults with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. REACH contributes to the strategic mission of The University of Iowa and the College of Education through training future generations of educators and professionals and the creation and dissemination of innovative, evidence-based best practices. REACH aspires to be nationally recognized as a leader in educating young adults with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities.
The REACH philosophy and educational approach focuses on fostering independence while helping students learn to make positive life choices. Self-determination for each student can be achieved with the development of problem solving skills, independent and interdependent learning, self-awareness, self-advocacy, and leadership opportunities.
Our curriculum and faculty promote the development of self-determination as the cornerstone of self-sufficiency in our students. This focus enables the REACH student to become a responsible and participating citizen in contemporary society. Students are encouraged to develop independence and actively seek what is required for their personal fulfillment. University of Iowa faculty and staff emphasize positive expectations and equip students with an education and aspirations that promote continued career progress, social involvement and lifelong learning.
- To achieve improved readiness for entry into meaningful and sustained employment.
- To attain expanded academic competencies, age-appropriate social experiences, and life skills which promote self-determination and self-advocacy.
- To provide a person-centered quality education and related supports.