Photo collage - UI REACH program

Important Dates

  • Chicago ReConnect – July 29-30
  • Move-in and Fall Orientation – August 18

New UI REACH Student Organization!!

Rays of Reach group

RAYS of REACH (RoR) is a new student organization geared towards promoting inclusive educational opportunities for all. The membership base within RoR is made up of both UI REACH and traditional University of Iowa students. This organization focuses on creating an inclusive community among the traditional students, UI REACH students, and members within the general community. In addition to this, we hope to spread disability awareness in the Iowa City community.

Within the organization, both UI REACH and traditional students lead this organization; working to create activities and fundraisers to bring community members together with the intention to create an inclusive experience among all attendees.

Although the organization was recently developed during the previous spring semester (Spring 2017), RAYS of REACH hosted their first fundraiser in April, 2017, a Burrito Luncheon. RoR provided Chipotle lunch to participating University of Iowa professors, staff, and students who were interested. RoR made over $300 from this event in order to provide a starting fund for the organization. This money can help fund banners, tablecloths, and RoR gear to help advertise the organization.

In regards to the future, the organization hopes to collaborate with other student organizations and other campus partners to host events. Currently, RoR is planning a disability awareness event to introduce the organization to the community and they hope to be in the Homecoming parade in the fall. In the spring semesters, we will continue to host our Burrito Luncheon fundraiser, and hopefully add a few more fun events.

UI REACH 2nd Annual Golf Outing and Fashion Show Fundraiser Another Huge Success!

Highlights of the Fundraiser:

  • Raised approximately $20,000 for UI REACH Student Scholarships
  • 60 golfers at Finkbine Golf Course
  • 118 Fashion Show guests at the University Club
  • Marv Cook as Honorary Chair for the event
  • 25 community and traditional student volunteers working along UI REACH staff and students to help the event run smoothly
  • Hills Bank was Lead Event Sponsor for a second year
  • Five fantastic vendors donated clothing for the fashion show
  • Over 40 businesses supported with sponsorships and/or in-kind donations
  • Exciting raffle and a new dynamic silent auction
  • New addition of selling incredible UI REACH clothing which was also featured in the fashion show

Golf event

A Classroom in the Kitchen

Students completing the optional 3rd and 4th year program at UI REACH live in an apartment at Parklawn Residence Hall. They work extensively on their independent living skills to use after leaving the University of Iowa. Not only do they reside at Parklawn, but some of their classes are held there as well. Each week, 3rd and 4th year students choose a recipe they would like to learn how to prepare in Cooking Lab. Below are pictures of some of the dishes that were prepared this year!

Students participate in Cooking Lab.
  • Nathan adds the finishing touches to a soup with vegetables and spätzle noodles.
  • Tanner shows off a double cheeseburger!
  • Scott flips some French Toast!

Students and Alumni gather in Des Moines for UI REACH ReConnect

19 current and former UI REACH students the Des Moines event this year! They enjoyed attending an Iowa Cubs game, bowling, and dinner.  Nathan, Brenden, and Zach enjoying themselves at the bowling alley!
  • 19 current and former UI REACH students attended the Des Moines event this year! They enjoyed attending an Iowa Cubs game, bowling, and dinner.
  • Nathan, Brenden, and Zach enjoying themselves at the bowling alley!

UI REACH staff member Audrey
UI REACH Support Staff Spotlight

Audrey is an outstanding member of the administrative support team. She has amazing follow through and anticipation of next steps. Audrey has a very calming effect on the students and is a true asset to our team. Thanks, Audrey!

“UI REACH is filled with the most incredible students and the most wonderful staff. I feel so lucky that I get to come in and learn so much and laugh so much every single day!”