About AbleLight College

AbleLight College provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to turn their dreams of a college education into a reality.

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We prepare our students to take their place in the larger community as independent adults, as employed citizens living an integrated, purposeful life while contributing to their community. To accomplish this, we developed a sequence of formal instruction in four key areas.

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Our program features both AbleLight and larger campus class options according to each student’s goals. We offer support from advisors, peer mentors and tutors to help students feel confident at every step. Classes aim to expand general knowledge in a liberal arts format while growing students’ thinking and problem-solving skills.

Career Preparation

We help students determine their career goals and prepare them for future employment through work experiences and internships. We provide individualized job coaching, group instruction, and more.

Our program also offers a Fellowship Year where graduated students can dive deeper into their long-term career goals!

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Adult Living Skills

We offer group instruction and individualized practice in adult independent living skills, including: budgeting and money management; organization and time management; personal care; and independent home living.

Campus and Community Life

Students live on campus in integrated residence halls alongside students without disabilities and enjoy full immersion in all aspects of campus life. To create a successful experience, we offer students support through structured planning meetings, coaching, peer mentoring and seminars.

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We are currently enrolling for the 2024 academic year at both our Mequon, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan campuses!