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Achieving Balance in Life through Education (ABLE)

Achieving Balance in Life through Education (ABLE)
Huntington University
Achieving Balance in Life through Education (ABLE)
2303 College Avenue
Huntington, IN 46750
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Program Contact Makayla James
Program Contact Email
Phone 260-359-4106
Website Program website

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 have the ability to communicate and navigate independently. Students can be either dually enrolled in a local 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 undergraduate and graduate programs. The Academic calendar includes two 15-week semesters.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

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: 9
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-24
  • Students should have the capacity to be independent and unsupervised while on campus, have the capacity to comply with campus and ABLE program policies, have maintained acceptable attendance (currently or in the past), and have maintained the schools discipline policy (currently or in the past).

Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length:
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $5000.00
Additional costs: $1,200.00

In addition to tuition, students pay for meal plans and book fees.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Each semester, students audit two courses with their peers. Students audit the following required courses (Education of the Exceptional Learner, Public Speaking, Understanding the Christian Faith, and Wellness for Life), in addition to courses of their interest.

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

Students participate in two ABLE-specific courses a semester that focus on daily living skills including but not limited to cooking, laundry, budgeting, and caring for personal needs.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation