Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) - College of Education and Human Development - 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 KIHd Assistive Technology lab, located on the Fairfax campus, offers over 40 different assistive technology devices and 100 software titles.  The Reading and Technology students will have access and hands on learning experiences with a variety of technologies in the lab.  The best strategies for supporting reading difficulties is to use a variety of technologies and these include “low tech” options in addition to the “ mid’ and “high tech” options.

Below is a list of just some of the most popular technologies for the Reading and Technology camp students:

Text Reading software:

Word prediction software – Word prediction software can help a user during word processing by "predicting" a word the user intends to type. Predictions are based on spelling, syntax, and frequent/recent use. The power in this technology is that it prompts the user to use proper spelling, grammar, and word choices, with fewer keystrokes.

Text readers - These systems can display and read aloud text on a computer screen, including text that has been typed by the user, scanned in from printed pages (e.g., books, letters), or website text.

Audio books & publications:

Recorded books allow users to listen to text and are available in a variety of formats, such as audiocassettes, CDs, and MP3 downloads. Special playback units allow users to search and bookmark pages and chapters.

Reading Pen- This nifty pen allows users to scan text, hear it spoken aloud and obtain definitions and correct pronunciation within seconds.
*Windows platforms are used in the camp, but accommodations can be made for those students who use a Mac.