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Oct. 15, 2007

MEDIA ADVISORY: Event marks launch of education program for students with learning, cognitive disabilities

WHAT: The University of Iowa Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) program will debut with help from $1.4 million in gifts

WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17

WHERE: Belin-Blank Center Conference Room 610 in the UI Blank Honors Center

WHY: REACH is a two-year certificate program at the University of Iowa with core classes in academic enrichment, career development, and life and social skills for independent living. It is one of the first programs of its kind to be offered on a major public university campus with students fully integrated into the university's life experiences. Through the REACH program, young adults with multiple learning and cognitive disabilities are empowered and provided with the skills necessary to become independent and fully participating adults living and working in the community. The REACH program is located in the UI College of Education. For more information, visit or contact Dennis C. Harper, REACH director, at 319-384-2127 at

WHO: Attendees will include University of Iowa President Sally Mason; former Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson; Tom Rocklin, University of Iowa vice provost and dean of the University College; Sandra Damico, dean of the UI College of Education; Harper, REACH director and a professor in the UI College of Education; as well as REACH Advisory Board members and other campus representatives.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dennis C. Harper, REACH Program, 319-384-2127,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,