Director's Assessment of the Institute's Contributions, Needs & Future Potential
The Helen A. Kellar Center for Human disAbilties has been a viable and contributing entity within the GMU community since it's inception. The KIHd has become a recognizable organization providing services to the GMU community of students, faculty and staff, as well as to thousands of Virginians. It is also producing scholarly and practical work nationally and internationally. The KIHd could improve through collaboration within the GMU community of scholars and practitioners that are interested in persons with disabilities. The market for the services and products of the KIHd remain extensive and needed. For example, as state government has declined, various departments have increased funding at the KIHd to provide technical assistance and services to northern Virginia. Funding from state and national resources could increase to $5 million to $10 million per year or more with the involvement of the professional community within GMU and the region. The KIHd has scarcely touched the available sources of funding from private foundations. However, in order to achieve such potential, it will be necessary for GMU to make an investment in the infrastructure of the KIHd. Whether this is through an endowment or university funds, the KIHd needs to move to the next level of organization where professional management directed by a faculty board of directors includes a chief operating officer, a fiscal officer, a development specialist, and adequate support staff. Additionally, adequate facilities and equipment need to be available in order to become a national and regional resource recognized by all as part of GMU.