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.


Students completing their four years with the Mason LIFE Program will graduate with a George Mason Certificate of Completion with a catalog concentration and a work specialty area. The Certificate of Completion is only awarded to those students who have completed four years at George Mason University.

As a federally approved Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary program, the Mason LIFE Program is mandated to promote inclusive opportunities by having Mason LIFE students participate in catalog classes. Per the student’s Person Centered Planning Meeting (PCP-see below), they have the ability to participate or audit in catalog or special topics classes beginning the second semester of their first year. With successful finishing of each course, as noted by test scores, work products, performances (when appropriate), and homework, the grade is entered on the academic record or transcript. These special topics classes fall under the Exploration Component, with the idea being that the students are free to explore areas of knowledge. A support staff attends the class with the student and the student is also enrolled in a two hour support class for additional support. It is this process that creates the catalog concentrations. Students graduating with a comprehensive concentration have studied and taken five or more catalog courses on a topic (eg., Communications).

All Mason LIFE students must participate in a PCP Meeting. Family members (either in person or by conference call), all coordinators and the students SPED Managers are present. During the meeting a plan is created for maximum growth with the student’s needs and wants being the focal point. The student ultimately is the one responsible for the implementation and completion of the plan. Therefore, the student’s thoughts and options carry the most weight. PCP Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 10am or noon and last one hour.