REACH Program

The REACH Program at the College of Charleston is a four-year inclusive program for students with mild intellectual disabilities.

Mission: The REACH Program is dedicated to ensuring students with intellectual disabilities a quality post-secondary educational program that provides an inclusive experience in academics, socialization, career development, and independent living, honors their dignity and worth, and fosters self-determination.

College of Charleston

Congrats to all grads, but especially to ours. We will miss you, but we are so excited for this next exciting step in your lives! #classof2020

On behalf of everyone at the College of Charleston, President Hsu would like to express our congratulations to the Class of 2020. Although official graduation may be postponed until the fall, we celebrate your achievements now. We’re all so proud of you, congrats! #GoCougars

Because College of Charleston graduation ceremonies (which would normally be going on right now) have been tentatively moved to October, we are feeling both great pride for our 2020 graduates and sadness for this bittersweet ending.

If you’d like to celebrate our new alumni but can’t throw a party, please consider honoring them with a donation to our REACH Scholarship fund. Help us create more opportunities for future students!

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Cheers to all those spreading joy during these strange times! 🎈

LOVE! 🧡👏

Let COVID-19 expand awareness of disability tech

"We have had to become masters of invention. The pandemic has made the value of that clearer than ever."

So many great points in the article! The pandemic’s disruption shows how much academia could learn from the disability community.

What kind of tacos will you be celebrating with?? 🌮🌮🌮

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A message from President Hsu.

“As we wrap up an unprecedented and historic academic year, I want to let you know how proud I am of all of you for your incredible resilience, your unyielding commitment to our academic mission and your courage during these uncertain times.”

⬇️Watch to learn more about President Hsu’s intentions for the reopening of College of Charleston in the fall.

Whatever gets you through the week, hang on just a little longer!



Andrea Dalzell was told that she would never be able to become a nurse due to her disability. Today, she is the first registered nurse who uses a wheelchair. Currently she is working in one of the hardest hit areas of #COVID19 today - New York.

Image Description: Andrea Dalzell wearing scrubs, smiling. Text: Andrea Dalzell: First RN Who Uses a Wheelchair Treating COVID-19 Patients in NYC

Teaching Kids to Care, Not Stare When They See Someone With a Disability

“It all starts with kind, hopeful, two-way conversations.”
#inclusion #understanding Maria Spencer shares tips for teaching typical kids to be accepting of children with disabilities.

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What's on your Finals Week playlist??

President Hsu's new Spring 2020 Playlist is here to help you "Dream Out Loud!" Grab your headphones and listen to it here: 🎧

Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media

“Disability is just a natural part of life and is not a tragedy. It’s how people think about disabilities that is the tragedy.”

Northern Arizona U student Micaela Muehlich says [DS instructor Matthew] Wangeman’s openness and uplifting demeanor allow the class to feel comfortable confronting their own misconceptions about disability. “Everything that he has to say, it’s never negative,” she says. “It’s always, ‘learn from this; this is what makes life so great.’ But then also he has that component of ‘Look, we are discriminated against. We are stigmatized. This is what you all need to learn about, and this is what’s going to make our country so great.’”

Wangeman’s advocacy is influenced in part by a 2006 Arizona survey in which respondents with disabilities were asked to name the barriers that they and their families face on a daily basis. The number one obstacle? Attitudes that the public holds toward those with disabilities.

CofC Faces to Know: Nora Krasowski

Check out who was recently featured in College of Charleston’s Faces to Know! Name: Nora Krasowski '10 (M.A.T.) Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia Education: B.S. in biology from University of South Carolina, M.A.T. in special education from College of Charleston Job title: Lead Support Coordinator for the REACH Program How long have you worked at the College? Since August 2013...

New coworkers part II:

“My coworker just stares at me all day!”
-Edie, Executive Director

During this time of stay-at-home, how are you finding your new coworkers?

“My coworker insists on taking naps in the middle of the day AND in the middle of the floor!”
-Kyra, Career Coordinator

Working From Home Opens The Door To Employing People With Disabilities

Life has certainly looked different for most of the world recently, but it’s always good to find the positive lessons in any situation. What used to be an accommodation is now the workplace norm for many employers, and it opens up the opportunity to employ people with disabilities.

More good news from the extended REACH family today. Congrats are in order for two former mentors and one current tutor who were recently elected to the College of Charleston Student Government Association!
Hats off to Hannah Donkle (right) and Khushbu Patel (left) for being voted to the SGA senate, and to Cookie Desai (not pictured) for being named the new Vice President!!

We are so proud to announce our Freshman Coordinator, Nora Krasowski, has been named the College of Charleston ExCEL Awards Unsung Champion!!

The Unsung Champion is considered a dedicated worker whose selfless acts of initiative and commitment often go unnoticed. Rightfully so, this award recognizes Nora's hard work done behind the scenes, and we are so grateful she is part of our team. Congratulations, Nora! 🎉

Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media

Any aspiring actors out there? What better time than now to take a chance?

"In response to the social distancing caused by COVID-19 and the consideration for actors with or without disabilities to apply, the producers of 'Tough Sledding the Movie' are doing an unprecedented, open-to-the-public first round audition, all online. We hope to get as many people with disabilities in this movie as possible."

Ten More Books With Disability Representation You Should Read | Think Inclusive

If you find yourself with some spare time, might we recommend some reading?
#inclusionmatters Think Inclusive March has a lot of books with disability representation being published! Check out these ten books for readers of all ages.

We LOVE a good, strong collaborative spirit!

The South Carolina Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium (SCIPSEC) met today to discuss the conversion to online support, share resources and ideas, and brainstorm how to promote more postsecondary education opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

There are FIVE strong and united programs in South Carolina. We’re thankful for their partnership and support!

Think Inclusive

"It's much easier to separate people based on their abilities, and chalk it up to creating a safe environment for people with disabilities. But the right thing is rarely the easy thing to do."

Many people's lives are limited in scope not by their intellectual capacity, but by the choices that were made about their education and where they learned to practice their skills.

Via Noodle

When you’re social distancing...but you also want a selfie with your favorite college president! #cofc College of Charleston

Use These College of Charleston Images on Your Next Zoom Meeting

Looking for an awesome backdrop for your next Zoom meeting?? Missing the College of Charleston campus? Us, too. During this time of social distancing, faculty, staff, students and alumni are using online video services, like Zoom, to connect more than ever. To bring a bit of levity to those calls, CofC designed a few backgrounds to use, in case your co-worker...

Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media

We stumbled across this little short film series today. We hope you enjoy!

Enjoy this free full-screen playlist of 3 short films, featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD):

Able South Carolina

#autismacceptancemonth #inclusionmatters

Happy #AutismAcceptanceMonth and #AutisticPride Month!
“Autism awareness rarely goes beyond just basic education, and is often steeped in stereotypes and misinformation about autistic people. The fact is that if you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person: We are all individuals and autistic acceptance and inclusion needs to be treated like a complex, multifaceted solution.” #AcceptAllOfUs

College student makes masks for the deaf & hard of hearing

It's easy to find negative or scary stories in today's news, so here's a silver lining--the kind of news we need right now.
#inclusionmatters A college senior from Versailles put her stir-craziness to good use with a project that will help the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

What a time to be alive. Our weekly staff meeting made possible by Zoom!

Where are they now??
Doubling down because today is the last day of our (unexpectedly crazy) birthday month. This last post comes from the Class of 2019. Enjoy! (We most certainly have.)

Where are they now??
It’s the last day of March, our birthday month! Let’s see what one former mentor is doing?

How 'Pity Porn' in Advertising Harms the Disability Community

“If we are never regarded as human beings like everyone else — with aspirations, hopes and even routine disappointments — how will we construct a narrative that our lives are worth living?”

Very thoughtful piece and definitely worth the read (and subsequent self-reflection). Leslie A. Zukor discusses "pity porn" in advertising and how it harms the cause of disability equality.

Where are they now??
Today, one of our most recent grads (Class of 2019) gives us an update!

Where are they now??
We're finishing off the weekend with a former mentor and NJAC president!

Where are they now?
Today, we from another graduate of the wonderful 2018 class!

Where are they now??
We've got a Class of 2018 alumni check-in today! With only a few more days left in March, we have only a handful left to share.

Yes!! Can’t wait for this one!

What're you doing next Thursday afternoon? How about joining us for this webinar featuring Janice Fialka & Emma Fialka-Feldman on circles of support? Register here:

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