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ABLE Resource Center is helping adults with literacy

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 18, 2005) -- After its fourth annual kickoff in August at the Central/Southeast ABLE Resource Center, the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program is eager to continue its excellent service for adult students.

"The Resource Center provides professional development and works on other projects year-round. We are looking forward to this year as exciting new projects that support literacy in Athens County and the rest of the region take shape," said Robbie James, resource specialist/program liaison at the center.

The annual kickoff, held at the Baker Center, was an informational session allowing attendees to hear the experiences of students who have succeeded in the ABLE program in the Central/Southeast region and learn effective teaching strategies and practice from professionals in the field.

The theme for this year's kickoff was "Connections: Teachers and Students Building Bridges." The kickoff provides an opportunity for the ABLE staff and literacy practitioners to come together and start the new school year refreshed and motivated.

Associate Dean of the College of Education Glenn Doston gave the opening remarks at this year's event, which was remarkably successful with a record 156 participants. The attendees included ABLE students, several guests from the Department of Education and Ohio University, and an aide from Ohio Rep. Ted Strickland's office.

The center welcomed Nora Stanger as the keynote speaker at the event. She is the author of "Diamonds in the Dew," and founder of Higher Ground, a non-profit organization that encourages children and adults of poverty to finish high school, plan for and attend college. It also expands their personal vision to a greater level.

The most popular event of the day for teachers was when adult learners from the program were invited to give keynote speeches at the morning session.

The Adult Basic and Literacy Education program particularly focuses on adult students with special needs such as developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and learning disabilities.

ABLE, attended by more than 55,000 students, is a program that helps students earn their GED, improve basic skills, learn English, obtain U.S. citizenship, gain employment skills and encourage family literacy.

The Central/Southeast ABLE Resource Center is part of the Edward Stevens Center for the Study of Language and Literacy located in the Ohio University College of Education. The resource center has more than 550 administrators, instructors, aides, and support staff in the region.

One of four regional resource centers funded by the Ohio Department of Education, the ABLE Resource Center provides valuable leadership and expertise in the areas of professional development and instructional resources.

The Central/Southeast ABLE Resource Center has a library in the College of Education devoted to materials and resources specifically focusing on adult education. Ohio University staff, faculty and students are welcome to visit.

If would like more information, or to get information about upcoming events, check out http://www.able-ohiou.org.

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Media Contact: Curriculum and Training Specialist Sharon Reynolds, (740) 593-0969 or reynolsl@ohio.edu

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