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. Robin Moyher

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Robin Moyher joined the Graduate School of Education as the assistant director of the Mason LIFE program in 2015. She has a master's degree in special education and a bachelor's degree in Read more...

New KIHD Director Endowed Professor Linda Mason

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Hellen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities is pleased to announce the new Director Endowed Professor Linda Mason

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2016 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

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The 2016 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held December 1-2, 2016.

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Twelve Mason LIFE Students Earn Certificate of Completion

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Mason Learning into Future Environments, more commonly known as Mason LIFE, held a graduation ceremony for 12 of its students at the beginning of May. Read more...

Mason LIFE Program Makes a Lasting Impact for Adults with Disabilities

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Down syndrome didn’t stop Sean Cross from pursuing his dreams of becoming a meteorologist. Cross, who completed George Mason University’s Mason LIFE program in May 2015, was recently featured in a social media campaign titled “Project: Just Like You.” Read more...

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