Council for Developmental Disabilities, Inc. dba ABLE
300 N Crawford Ave.
Norman OK 73069
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
ABLE Community Based Services
Mission Statement

The mission of ABLE is to enable adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead meaningful lives.

Contact Information
Contact Name Niki Leonard
Contact email
Address 300 N Crawford Ave.
Norman, OK 73069
Phone (405) 329-3922
County Cleveland County
How to Give
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Checks can be mailed to ABLE at PO Box 354, Norman, OK 73070-0354. Or, contact Niki Leonard at 405.329.3922
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,081,535.00
Projected Expenses $1,991,920.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1982
IRS Ruling Year 1983
State Registration Expiration Nov 2019

The mission of ABLE is to enable adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead meaningful lives.


ABLE Community Based Services is a Norman-based nonprofit organization that was started more than 36 years ago by six parents of adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Their mission at the time was to provide purposeful activities for adults with special needs in the Norman area who literally had no place to go; from that goal, the adult, sheltered workshop, located in Norman came to be. From the initial six clients, the facility expanded and is now serving up to 30 service recipients per day.


ABLE continues to strive to enable adults with special needs in our community to lead meaningful lives. Within a few years of the workshop opening, ABLE initiated the residential program to further the mission and opened two residences in east Norman, followed by a third near the University of Oklahoma campus. The organization now provides four staff-supported group homes, which house up to (6) service recipients and three Direct Living Services (DLS) homes, which house up to (3) clients each, now allowing for a total of approximately 44 clients.

ABLE is currently in need of reliable vehicles, as almost all of the current fleet consistently have mechanical issues, which result in compounding repair costs to our organization. These issues, which include transmission problems, steering failure, etc., along with high miles of usage, cause problematic unreliability and safety concerns for our ABLE clients, limiting the frequency of which they are able to be out in the community. ABLE has been approved for (1) van and (1) bus by Oklahoma Department of Human Services, through the FTA Section 5310 Transportation application. However, we are tasked with producing matching funds of approximately $15,500, in order to take possession of the vehicles.

Also, the sheltered workshop is in need of updated furniture, equipment and supplies; in order to allow our ABLE service recipients to adequately learn and develop vital life skills, such as counting and managing money in order to become more self-reliant and self-sustaining and also to work out in the community.

Board Chair Statement "During the past 14 months, under the leadership of Mr. Davis, ABLE has moved forward and upward, and is moving toward an excellent future." ~Mr. William "Bill" Huntington, Board President
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
ABLE's service recipients are from across Cleveland County. The focus of ABLE's programs is in Norman, OK.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Housing, Shelter/Independent Housing for People With Disabilities
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations

   The ABLE vocational program includes Community Integrated Employment, which is the liaison between persons with developmental disabilities and community businesses. This includes skills development, specialized training, job search and placement, and on-the-job help for each developmentally disabled service recipient in the program. Our vocational program works with area businesses to secure employment for our clients, as well as works to secure contracts with the help of state organizations, such as Department of Human Services (DHS) and Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS).

   Additionally, ABLE offers a Work Adjustment Training (WAT) program through DRS for special education high school students transitioning into the work force. The WAT program teaches these area high school students job skills through class time sessions and on-site job training. Employment provides an avenue to become wage earners, instilling an element of self-worth and value.

Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities Adults

   ABLE's residential program includes (4) group homes and (3) Direct Living Service (DLS) homes, which provide individuals a private bedroom that he or she decorates and customizes, and each person has full access to living, kitchen and dining areas. Trained staff teach residents daily living skills such as housekeeping, laundry, cooking and personal hygiene and care in supervised home settings. These round-the-clock staff members administer necessary medications and supervise residents in preparing meals.

   Residential managers schedule healthcare appointments and outside activities, affording the residents the opportunity to live independently, all while learning daily living skills. Participants also benefit from social experiences, recreational and leisure activities, and community integration. The assisted living program gives residents even greater autonomy, with ready access to support for tasks like banking, shopping and transportation.

Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities People/Families with of People with Disabilities Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lance Davis
Start Date Sept 2017
Number of Full-time Staff 0
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 3
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
ABLE works closely with multiple departments of he Department of Human Services, including Developmental Disabilities Services and Aging Services. Additionally, ABLE collaborates with the Department of Rehabilitation Services in order to bring our Work Adjustment Training program to high school students with special needs and help them transition from high school into the work force.
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments "During the past 14 months, under the leadership of Mr. Davis, ABLE has moved forward and upward and is moving toward an excellent future." ~Mr. William "Bill" Huntington, Board President
Other Documents
Board Chair
Name William "Bill" Huntington
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2018 to June 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of Nov 01, 2018
Board of Directors List
Darlene Bynum Business OwnerVoting
Sheri Derry Voting
William "Bill" Huntington RetiredVoting
Leigh Mahoney YMCA and University of OklahomaVoting
Linda Slavings Oklahoma Safety CouncilVoting
Justin Zumwalt Top of the WorldVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments "Due to the positive leadership from the ABLE Director, we have rebuilt the Board of Directors with individuals who are involved in the community." ~ William "Bill" Huntington, Board President
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2018-June 30, 2019
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,081,535
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,991,920
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$2,125,907$2,117,514$1,897,879
Total Expenses$2,023,658$2,162,816$2,000,139
Revenue Less Expenses$102,249($45,302)($102,260)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$251,434$256,669
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$422$343$320
Unrealized Gain/Loss--$65,166--
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,723,936$1,596,433$1,509,865
Administration Expense$299,722$566,383$490,274
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.980.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%74%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$487,697$443,986$570,097
Current Assets$85,366$81,976$74,308
Long-Term Liabilities$224,102$219,162$349,544
Current Liabilities$192,457$255,935$206,362
Total Net Assets$71,138($31,111)$14,191
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.440.320.36
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets46%49%61%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $1,959,452Earned Revenue $1,723,471Earned Revenue $1,662,005
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $114,109Gov't Unspecified $251,434Gov't Unspecified $256,669
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $51,800Realized & Unrealized Gain/(Loss) $65,166Contributions $67,808
Endowment? No
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments

All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.

Note:  In fiscal years 2016 and 2015, prior period adjustments were $5,293 and $6,143, respectively.  Which is included in "Other" revenue. 
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Address 300 N Crawford Ave.
Norman, OK 73069
Primary Phone 405 329-3922 225
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CEO/Executive Director Lance Davis
Board Chair William "Bill" Huntington
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired