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

Mason LIFE Students Gain Career Skills through Meaningful Internships

By Sudha Kamath
Sean Cross often dreamed about forecasting the weather on a television newscast, and a special program at George Mason University has made that dream a reality... Read more...

Mason LIFE Introduces New Coffee Blend to Fund Scholarships

Sean Reidt, student, Mason LIFE
What is the Mason LIFE Program? The Mason LIFE (Learning into Future Environments) Program is a four year post-secondary transition program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities... Read more...

Spread the Word to End the Word

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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

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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.

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