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

Submit your presentation proposal to 2018 State of the Art Conference. Deadline is April 20.


The first Mason LIFE student to hold a Student Senate seat.

Sophomore Madison Essig is the first Mason LIFE student to hold a Student Senate seat. Read more...

Programs modeled after MasonLIFE.

Heidi Graff, the program director of MasonLIFE, says as more programs are established, it’s important to maintain a quality standard. The ultimate goal, she says, isn’t merely recruiting students to be in college. It’s to push them toward academic progress and treat them the same way non-disabled students are treated – something that high schools are wrestling with as well. Read more...

The ReelAbilities Film Festival will be taking place March 10-18.

The JCCNV Cultural Arts Department is proud to present the 6th Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia in March 2018. Read more...

View news archive.News feedSubscribe to Mason life RSS