Welcome to Mason LIFE

The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is a dual purpose. The first is to provide a supportive academic environment for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The second is to supply an apprenticeship for George Mason University students. The Mason LIFE Program presents our George Mason students opportunities such as: instructor, resident advisor, internship, practicum, licensure, independent study, field work, mentor, Best Buddy, and volunteer to gain important experiences and knowledge to work successfully with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Any and all documents found on this site may only be used with written permission. All materials including all aspects of the application are copy-written. For those researchers or program personnel that request to use the Graff Parent Readiness Scale (GPRS) or the Mason Interview Tool, in return the user agrees to provide non-identifiable data to further research efforts in the field. Please e-mail, Heidi J. Graff, hgraff@gmu.edu for any further questions.

News and Announcements

Spread the Word to End the Word


Spread the word to end the word. What word? The "R-word." Watch this beautiful video from Mason LIFE.  Read more...

University Mentors and Mason LIFE Students Share Classes and Friendship


The Mason LIFE program offers a four-year residential program for more than 50 students with intellectual disabilities who attend classes and experience life on campus. Read more...

Mason LIFE Program Intern featured on the blog of the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships

Mason LIFE student, Ryan Gutkowski and his job coach, Imani Asha Walcott enjoy an internship program at the Smithsonian. See the Smithsonian Institution Fellowships and Internships blog for more information.

The following link features Mason LIFE Program students and the George Mason Best Buddies organization

The first thing one learns about Best Buddies International is that it's not just another nonprofit, nor is it just another student organization. For buddies Pete Scamparia, a sophomore, and Eesha Read more...

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