Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) - College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
About Us

The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

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.

Please note: Any visitor or guest to the Mason LIFE program will need to check in with the Office Manager at Krug Hall, Rm 110. All guests must follow all COVID protocol: Wear face coverings; observe physical-distancing rules; follow hygiene rules; take return to campus training; and complete your daily status check with Mason Daily COVID Health Check. All university protocols may be found here.

The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is dual purpose. The first part of the program’s mission is to educate students with IDD through programming in academics, employment, residential living, and community involvement, as these areas foster the inclusion of Mason LIFE students in all aspects of the university. The second part of the program’s mission is to provide opportunities for other Mason students to work directly with individuals with IDD. As a top tier research university, we embed research into many aspects of the program. This experience of learning, working, and living together mutually benefits all students and is the basis of the Mason LIFE program.

News and Announcements


A Future Patriot Is Accepted to Mason LIFE

March 11, 2022

Paloma Wiles and her family learn Paloma has been accepted into the Mason LIFE program and will begin her journey Fall 2022! Read more...

‘True Test’

May 13, 2021

Mason LIFE students persevere through pandemic to complete four-year program. Read more...