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 internship program helps students learn job skills and make the transition to full-time employment.

Mason LIFE recently established a pilot internship program with three students aimed at creating a transition to full-time employment. The interns are supported through skill building job practicum outside the university with such placements as TJ Maxx, the World Bank, Our Daily Bread, and Food Services. The Employment Specialist works with them to build job endurance and on the job training, fading support and ultimately leading to full-time employment. The interns also take part in the Mason LIFE Independent Living classes as well as reading, writing, and math classes specifically designed to strengthen areas needed for employment.