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Adult Transition Program

The Adult Based Life Experience Program (A.B.L.E.)  is a transition program for students with Moderate/Severe disabilities who have exited from one of the 18 KHSD comprehensive campuses with a Certificate of Attendance and are between the ages of 18 to 21 years old.
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ABLE Information
Contact Information
501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307
Phone: (661) 397-5720
Fax: (661) 397-5700
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Program Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A.B.L.E. focuses on providing functional academics, community-based instruction and recreational activities to ensure that each student makes a smooth transition from school to post-secondary community involvement with as little disruption as possible.

Students participating in our program will receive instruction in the following areas:

  • Community Based Instruction (CBI): to teach age-appropriate skills in community settings which may include tours of stores and local businesses, pedestrian safety and accessing community resources to help students acquire life-skills that will increase opportunities within the general community. Instruction is based on the student’s IEP goals and objectives. 
  • Functional Academics: learning to read/recognize practical words such as functional/survival signs, food/menu words and directions. Learning number recognition, counting, use of numbers and the understanding of money and time.
  • Independent Living Skills: making purchases, household tasks, exhibiting proper grooming and hygiene, dressing appropriately, preparing meals, reading labels, following recipes and demonstrating appropriate eating habits.
  • Daily Living Skills Lab: lab will be used to introduce and teach students Independent Living Skills. Students will learn basic nutrition, food handling, shopping and preparation of small meals. Students will be taught safety, cleaning and operation of common kitchen appliances. Students will learn additional living skills such as the operation of a clothes washer and dryer, how to fold clothes and other household items. 
  • Social Skills: public greetings, personal space, impulse control, seeking help and requesting information/services, understanding emotions.
  • Vocational Skills: pre-vocational readiness skills, interacting with co-workers/superiors on job site, task completion, vocational inventory.
  • Recreation/Leisure: determining and accessing preferred activities, appropriate social skills while participating in group activities.

 Program Information

  • Staff includes credentialed Special Education Teachers along with trained Instructional Assistants and RNs, LVNs and Health Care Specialists to address students’ medical needs.
  • Annual & Triennial IEP Meetings
  • Transportation may be provided to and from A.B.L.E.
  • Breakfast & lunch may be provided
  • Students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Assistance in accessing information to Community Agencies/Adult Programs upon completion of the A.B.L.E. Program.
ABLE Staff 
Title Name Email
Assistant Principal  Lee Ramos 
Coordinator Kristyn Radman
Coordinator  Chad Blain 
Program Specialist  Kim Smith
Program Specialist  Jessica Acevedo
Teacher Herbert Akwaja
Teacher  Tania Alanis
Teacher Verna Austin
Teacher Grace Baldwin
Teacher Paige Beard
Teacher Karen Covington
Teacher Jeff Craft
Teacher Deyanira Cunningham
Teacher McKenna Duncan
Teacher Erin Finnegan
Teacher Israel Flores
Teacher Jake Fortnum
Teacher Nannette_Gonzalez
Teacher  Lisa Holle
Teacher Mary Long
Teacher  Tim McDowell
Teacher  Erik Morales
Teacher Isabel Pacheco
Teacher  Candice Pena
Teacher Matthew Pratt
Teacher Van Roberts
Teacher  Rudy Rosales
Teacher LuAnn Ruoss
Teacher Lauren Scott
Teacher Amanda Fleming-Sisneros
Teacher Melissa Sitton
Teacher  Suzie Torres
Teacher Jill Turner
Teacher See Vang
Teacher  Leah Wong
School Psychologist Angel Gonzales
School Psychologist Chelle Dunn
Mental Health Clinician Melony Dizon
Behaviorist Marvin Villegas
Speech Therapist  Ella Vidal
Speech Therapist Mary Flicker
Student Handbook
Sandy Niday - Director Special Education/SELPA