Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - 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.


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 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

2019 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities


We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting presentation proposals for the State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, happening Read more...

Dr. Kimberly R Avila Hosted a Doctoral Degree Webinar


Dr. Kimberly R Avila hosted the doctoral degree webinar on 1/10/19 with a panel and 24 participants nationwide. We are grateful for opportunity to use the KIHD name to advertise. Below is the link Read more...

Social Justice and Ableism

GSE students developed video on a social justice topic in the Master's in Counseling program's Social Justice & Counseling course. Read more...

The Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education (JIPE) has been launched.

The Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University and the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University have launched the Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education, JIPE. Read more...

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