Huntington University A.B.L.E.

(Achieving Balance in Life Through Education)

2303 College Ave.

Huntington, IN 46750



Joni Schmalzried

Phone:   260-359-4314
E-mail:  jschmalzried@huntington.eduThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Info

Type of school:
4-year college or university

Program Description:
The purpose of the ABLE program is to provide students (ages 18 to 21) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field.

Students can apply for this program if they:

  • Are still enrolled in Huntington County Community Schools under IDEA

Number of students in this program:
            Up to 10

Top 3 Priority Areas:

  • 1: Employment
  • 2: Self-determination
  • 3: Social skills development

Additional priority areas:
The “main focus” is determined by the individual’s Person Centered Plan, and may be any or all of the above.

The minimum age of a student to attend this program:

Tuition and fees per year:
None at this time

Room and board per year:

Cost of books per year:

This program is a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) and students with intellectual disabilities can get federal financial aid:

Students can pay to attend this program using (subject to student eligibility):

Students must be enrolled in the Huntington County Community School Corporation and eligible for services under IDEA

Entrance Requirements:

  • Be able to safely navigate the campus independently
  • Have a specific disability label or type
  • Have basic safety skills in an unsupervised setting
  • Have practical reading and writing skills

Students with intellectual disabilities take:

  • Coursework identified through their Person Centered Plan

Students in this program also take these specially designed courses:

  • Although not formal courses, students do receive instruction on:
    • Orientation to college
    • Vocational skills training
    • Social skills training
    • Life skills instruction

Amount of instructional time spent only with other students with intellectual disabilities:
Less than 25%

Average amount of time it will take a student to complete the program:
2  years

This program operates during the summer:

Students are eligible to earn a degree or certificate:
Yes, awarded by Huntington County Community Schools (certificate of completion)

This degree or certificate is available to:
Only to those students in this program

Housing Options:

  • There are no housing options for students with intellectual disabilities on this campus

Social Activity Participation:

  • Students attend campus social activities with program staff
  • Students attend campus social activities with peers
  • Students with ID independently seek out and participate in desired social activities

College Info
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.

FORBES  listed Huntington University among the Top 15% of colleges and universities in the United States.

Princeton Review ranked Huntington among the "Best Midwestern Colleges."

Victory Media Inc. lists Huntington University among its Military Friendly Schools.

Over 70 programs of study

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work

Pre-professional: Law, medicine, pharmacy and athletic training. (Our graduates have an exceptionally high acceptance rate to graduate schools. Call for details.)

Graduate: Master's degrees in Counseling, Education, and Youth Ministry. Entry-level doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy.

Academic calendar: Two 15-week semesters and a 3-week January term.