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ABLE (Achieving Balance in Life through Education)

ABLE (Achieving Balance in Life through Education)
Huntington University
ABLE (Achieving Balance in Life through Education)
2303 College Avenue
Huntington, IN 46750
Program Contact Erica Marshall
Phone 260-359-4106

The purpose of the ABLE program is to provide students (ages 18 to 24) with intellectual disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to independence in employment and community involvement. 

Students must be between 18 and 24 years of age and have the ability to communicate and navigate independently. Students can be either dually enrolled in a secondary education program or have exited from a secondary program. A Person Centered Plan will be conducted for each student to help determine appropriate coursework and activities. In addition to college courses, students receive individualized instruction in Orientation to College, Vocational Skills, Social Skills and Life Skills.  Students are supported on campus by peers, a coordinator, and a job coach.

Huntington University is a private, four-year, Christ-centered liberal arts University, consistently ranked by U.S.News & World Report in the top tier of Midwestern comprehensive colleges.  Huntington University offers over 70 programs of study, including both undersgraduate and graduate programs. The Academic calendar includes two 15-week semesters and a mini January term schedule.

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 6
Deadline to apply to this program: Applications must be submitted no later than March 1st of the academic year prior to attendance.
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-24
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

Tuition is $2000.00 per semester ($4000.00 per year).  This does not include books, specific class fees, chosen activites, or food costs.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Based upon the individual student Person Centered Plan, students are matched with courses of interest.  All students take atleast one semester of Wellness, Communications, and a physical activity course.  

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students participate in courses in financial management, self determination, and social skills.  Students also participate in various independent living activities with typical aged peers.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

We do not currently offer any specific career focused certificates.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students have participated in sponsored student activity board activities, Olympiad, intramurals, freshman orientation, and floor related activities.

Last updated: Monday, February 4, 2019 - 12:45