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.

At this time, Mason LIFE has 42 alumni. With 75% having meaningful employment, we are always looking to expand this important graduation goal.

Information about employment opportunities should be brought to our attention by emailing gmulife@gmu.edu.

Please watch this inspirational story about one of our Alumni, Kamran Khan.

Use this link for the full series or Why the FCC is Hiring People With Developmental Disabilities, WAMU 88.5.

In my Own Words

Mason LIFE and the Geography and GeoInformation Science (GGS) Departments Working Together

By Pete Wolf

Mason LIFE is post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The LIFE Program uses a college environment to help students learn life skills, independent living, and work skills. The LIFE Program’s vision is for their students to take what they have learn though their time in the LIFE program and put those skills to use in the work world. Mason LIFE has about 75% of their alumni having meaningful employment with some of them working on campus. In this program, they hire Master and Bachelor degree seeking students of special education to assist in the teaching and mentoring of the LIFE students. This interaction helps both groups of students to learn something new from each other. When I was looking for a way to help improve my skills, a great opportunity pop up. I got excited because this was a department that my dad was part of and he encouraged me to go for it. This department, Geography and GeoInformation Science (GGS), has help me learn to improve my many skills that I had like technical, personal, and general life skills. Being in this department has made me more professional in many different ways. Personally, my life has been a lot better; I feel more proud of myself and feel more determined in my job and my life. I have been in this department working with their IT for seven months and I have learn so much over that time. My knowledge of computers has grown from knowing almost nothing about the inside of a computer to knowing almost everything about the internal workings of a computer. Being part of the GGS Department has made me a better person, be more professional and a more outgoing more personality. So many great and amazing people here have helped me become a better person and taught me so many new and awesome ideas that would have not come about without them. I get excited when I come to work with this department because they are like my second family here at Mason. GGS administration people like Debbie Hutton, Sam Cooke and Emmy Daniels have been like a mother to me and they have helped guide me to the top of this amazing mountain called life. Ron Mahabir and Aaron Mulhollen have been like brothers to me and have taught me more thing than I could have possibly imagined. Within the Mason LIFE Program, Mrs. Robin Moyher has been a mentor to me. She has been with me since the beginning of my Mason experience. She pushes me to do better than I thought I could do. Mrs. Moyher has just become the Mason LIFE Program Assistant Director, a well-deserved promotion Working in both departments has been a very fun and exciting adventure. I like the Mason LIFE Program because they are helping me become more independent. I look forward to the opportunity to live on my own without support and with a meaningful job. Being associated with the GGS department has made me more than just a person, they have helped me become more professional in the work place and opened my eyes to more possibilities. I am working now on studying to take an IT Certificate Test to be a certified IT Technician. This certification should help me in obtaining a job once I graduate from the Mason LIFE program.