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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.
Contact Information
501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave.
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307
Phone: (661) 397-5720
Fax: (661) 397-5700
Administrator: Lee Ramos
Program Specialist: Jessica Acevedo
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Program Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Overview of Program

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 time and money.
  • Independent Living Skills: counting money/making correct change, making purchases, household tasks, exhibiting proper grooming and hygiene, dressing appropriately, preparing meals, reading labels, following recipes and demonstrating appropriate eating habits.
  • 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
  • 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 eligible for a Certificate of Completion
  • Assistance in accessing information to Adult Programs upon completion of the A.B.L.E. Program.
A.B.L.E. Student-Parent Handbook
Sandy Niday - Director Special Education/SELPA