Imagine walking into a job interview and knowing your chances of getting the position are low because of something you have no control over and can never change. This is the reality for many Americans with disabilities trying to find gainful employment.
The sun is setting as students rush into the basement of North Hall on a warm Thursday night. They’re buzzing with excitement and curiosity for what the next hour has in store. It’s easy to tell this class means something to all of the students. Especially for Matti Poole.
Poole, 22, is one of 15 students in Helen Neumann’s art class facilitated through the University of Iowa Realizing Educational and Career Hopes, REACH, program, a two-year program intended for students around the country with numerous intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities.