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HU’s ABLE Program receives AWS Foundation grant

Huntington University announced that its Achieving Balance in Life through Education (ABLE) Program has been awarded a $35,000 grant by the AWS Foundation.

“The ABLE Program is humbled by the support received from the AWS Foundation. The grant that has been awarded will support the program as it continues to build opportunities for students with cognitive disabilities on both the Huntington University campus and in their home communities,” stated Dr. Joni Schmalzried, Director of the ABLE Program. “We have been amazed at the academic, social and spiritual growth that students attending the program have achieved. The generous support will allow us to deepen our commitment to our students.”

The ABLE Program is designed to support individuals ages 18-24 with cognitive disabilities in having a college campus experience. Students, both independently and with support from peers, attend/audit classes, work on campus, take supportive classes in understanding finances, social skill needs and independent living, and participate in extracurricular activities. The program not only supports the students with disabilities, but provides an equally important opportunity for all typical students, faculty, and staff to more fully understand the potential of individuals with disabilities.