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The Mason LIFE program strives to be a model postsecondary education program that focuses on research, academic progress, campus integration, employment opportunities, and the development of independent living skills.

The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is dual purpose. The first part of the program’s mission is to educate students with IDD through programming in academics, employment, residential living, and community involvement, as these areas foster the inclusion of Mason LIFE students in all aspects of the university.

The second part of the program’s mission is to provide opportunities for other Mason students to work directly with individuals with IDD. As a top tier research university, we embed research into many aspects of the program. This experience of learning, working, and living together mutually benefits all students and is the basis of the Mason LIFE program.

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