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.


MECTT: Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training

A shared project with PEATC and the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT) is a model for preparing parent and professional teams to improve services to diverse families of young children with special needs--infusing cultural competence in early childhood programs. The project has produced a training package consisting of a Participant Manual and Trainer's Guide, which includes an orientation section. Since 1993, the project has provided resources and training for individual programs for community initiatives, and for statewide initiatives.

Participant teams are prepared to:

  • Increase the involvement of diverse families in their children's development and education.
  • Deliver culturally competent family centered services.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to staff to increase culturally responsive practices.
  • Work as a statewide team to develop a coordinated plan for infusing culturally responsive services.

The project's philosophy is that parents and professionals working together can effectively promote change, and participants with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences enrich the learning process.

This project is a family/professional collaboration between George Mason University's Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities and PEATC, the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center. Materials were developed under grant #H 324R000019 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.