Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Association for Better Living & Education?
The Association for Better Living & Education (ABLE) is a non-profit organization working to improve conditions and to create brighter futures for children, families and communities around the world. ABLE works to accomplish this by promoting and establishing programs addressing the problems of illiteracy, drugs, crime and immorality which plague our societies.
What does ABLE do to address society's problems?
ABLE provides training, consultation and quality control services to four independent social betterment organizations, each of which has a worldwide network of organizations that directly aid people and communities in their efforts to overcome these social problems. These four organizations are: Applied Scholastics, Criminon, Narconon and The Way to Happiness Foundation.
What is Applied Scholastics™?
Using the educational methodologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard, Applied Scholastics International operates and licenses schools, individual and community tutoring programs and teacher training programs. It also trains teachers and educators in Mr. Hubbard's breakthrough of Study Technology at its 100 acre campus in St. Louis, Missouri.
What is Narconon®?
The Narconon network uses breakthrough discoveries in the fields of drugs and addiction to free substance abusers from the chains of addiction. The Narconon network runs a highly effective drug education campaign; operates a series of drug-free rehabilitation centers; and also oversees the use of these tools to provide drug-free and relatively pain-free withdrawal programs for addicts, called “The First Step” program.
What is Criminon™?
The Criminon network creates safer communities by rehabilitating criminals to productive citizens, thus breaking the revolving door of crime-imprisonment-release-more crime. Criminon staff and volunteers accomplish this through correspondence courses with offenders and through on-site programs in prisons, juvenile halls and community programs.
What is The Way to Happiness?
Overcoming societal pressures toward immorality and improving the quality of life for individuals are the goals of The Way to Happiness Foundation International. Using the common sense guide to better living, The Way to Happiness, written by L. Ron Hubbard, the Foundation assists people around the world—especially children—to find better ways to live in greater harmony with others and that help people achieve more satisfying lives.
Is ABLE a religious organization?
No. The Association for Better Living & Education is not a religious organization. ABLE and the programs which it assists are all secular activities open to and used by people of all faiths around the world.
These programs use methodologies developed by L. Ron Hubbard, which are secular in nature.
L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of the Scientology religion and ABLE programs receive much support from Scientologists and from churches of Scientology due to the effectiveness of these programs. ABLE and its programs, themselves, are not part of the Church of Scientology or the Scientology religion.