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.


Timeline for acceptance to the Mason LIFE Program

  • Application (MSWord or PDF) must be completed and sent (post-marked by) with all required documentation by January 15, 2019 to be considered for Fall 2019 admission. Packets MUST include a check or money order in the amount of $100.00 made out to GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY. Please note that checks or money orders that are not made out properly may delay the application process.
  • Incomplete packets, packets sent after the January 15th deadline, or those missing the application fee will not be reviewed.
  • Interviews/Trial Days are held in February and March of 2019.
  • Admission offers will be extended by March 8th. An enrollment fee of $250.00 and an emailed message of commitment is due by May 1st for newly admitted students. The Mason LIFE Program follows the tuition payment and deposit policies identified by the Student Accounts office.
  • The Mason LIFE Program has about a 25% acceptance rate. Of the approximately 50 applicants per year, 25 or so will be invited for an interview/trial day. Of the interviewed prospective students, about 15 will be accepted. A mandatory new student and family orientation will take place on Friday, June 21st, 2019.

The following documentation MUST be included along with the completed application as required by the checklist on the first page of the application:

  • Psychological Evaluation*
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment**
  • Most recent Educational Evaluation***
  • Related Services Assessments if applicable (Speech, PT, OT, Assistive Technology, etc.)
  • Most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)—please include all pages
  • Two letters of recommendation (form is included in application) from a non-relative (these need to be either sent separately or in sealed envelopes with other documentation)

*These are some examples: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – 4th Edition (WAIS-IV)
**These are some examples: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – 3rd Edition; Behavior Assessment System for Children – 2nd Edition (BASC-2); The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
***These are some examples: Wide Range Achievement Test – 4th Edition (WRAT-4); Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement – 3rd Edition (KTEA-3)

Once completed application have been reviewed, qualified students will be contacted to set up a mandatory interview/trial day. Interviews are a full day (9:30 – 3:00) and are in-person only.

Admission decisions regarding the 2019-2020 academic year will be made by March 8th, 2019.

Decisions are based on:

  • Applicant's learning needs and desire to attend program
  • Ability of program to meet applicant's needs and goals
  • Ability of the applicant to exhibit appropriate behavior and independently negotiate transitions between classes and buildings, lunch and non-academic activities.
  • Potential of applicant to successfully achieve his/ her goals within the context of the program content and setting
  • Commitment from the applicant's family/caregivers to support the goals of the program

Any and all documents found on this site may only be used with written permission. All materials including all aspects of the application are copyrighted. 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 at hgraff@gmu.edu for any further questions.