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

Dr. Leigh Ann Kurz receives Fall 2018 Gerald Wallace Award

At the College of Education and Human Development division meeting Dr. Leigh Ann Kurz received Fall 2018 Gerald Wallace Doctoral Dissertation Excellence In Special Education Award for her dissertation. Read more...

USAID has released a Toolkit for International Education Stakeholders

Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read: Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities. Linda Mason contributed to this document that will be shared globally to support literacy for individuals with disAbility. 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...

Spread the word to end the word. What word? The "R-word." Watch this beautiful video from Mason LIFE.


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