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

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‘Beyond Impressed’

May 22, 2020

CEHD Mason LIFE program adjusts, moves nearly 100 classes online for spring semester during pandemic. Read more...
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‘Dream Come True’

February 7, 2020

Mason LIFE grad Chris Carter (’16) to participate in NBA All-Star Weekend with Special Olympics. Read more...
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The Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education (JIPE) volume 1 issue 2 is now released.

September 4, 2019

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. JIPE volume 1 issue 2 is now released. Read more...
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Rutherford and Ann Turnbull Presentation to KIHd and CEHD

May 2, 2019

THE ENDURING LESSONS OF THE PRINCIPLES OF Read More...

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