UI tops a recent list of Incredible Colleges for Students with Special Needs

Citing The University of Iowa College of Education’s Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Program, BestCollegesOnline.com noted that the UI offers students with disabilities a chance to build career skills, perform better academically, and live as independent adults.

BestCollegesOnline recognized the UI on its list of “Incredible Colleges for Students with Special Needs,” which appeared as a Sept. 21 blog post and included 20 colleges and universities nationwide.

REACH is a two-year certificate program within The UI College of Education for students with intellectual and learning disabilities. REACH students live in the dorms and attend courses on campus geared at helping them become empowered, engaged members of their communities.

BestCollegesOnline.com is a website and blog aimed at helping students select colleges and prepare for the job market.

Schools on the list were selected as standouts among those that offer “comprehensive or specialized programs for students who may have special needs.” The UI is the first institution on the list.

The blog post noted that while it may make things more challenging, a disability shouldn’t stand in the way of getting a college degree.

For a complete list, visit www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2011/09/21/20-incredible-colleges-for-special-needs-students/.

To learn more about REACH, visit www.education.uiowa.edu/reach.