Ability Based Learning & Education (ABLE)

Coordinator: Ms. Cynthia Gotha  (331) 228-6007Cynthia.Gotha@d303.org
Mill Creek Elementary School, District 304
(630) 463-3400
0N900 Brundige Dr., Geneva, IL 60134

Teacher: Ms. Karen Tredup, (331) 228-6185 (voice mail only)


Batavia High School, District 101 1201 Main St., Batavia, IL 60510

Teacher: Terri Mate (D102)   (630) 937-8600


The Ability-Based Learning and Education (ABLE) program is designed for students with multiple, severe disabilities, often demonstrating significant physical, cognitive, communication and medical needs in grades K-12. The Ability Based Learning and Education classroom utilizes a multi-sensory approach to learning. Assistive technology to support instruction is embedded into each student’s daily program. The classroom is staffed on a two student to one adult ratio, to support the significant needs of our students in all areas.

Related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy and adapted physical education services are integrated into the program based on individual needs of students. Additional support is provided as necessary to address student needs, such as vision or hearing consultation and nursing services, as needed.

Key components of ABLE Program include:

  • Program emphasis on providing a multi-sensory, communication based program.
  • Current content is aligned with Illinois Common Core Standards and general education curriculum as appropriate.
  • Instructional techniques are highly specific to each student and include program- wide focus on communication skill acquisition and use, assistive technology and social/communication skills instruction, across the students’ day.
  • Integrations opportunities are available as indicated on the IEP to meet students’ needs and are highly individualized.
  • Support from an RN/assistant is provided as part of the classroom programming.