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.

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Initiatives

Since its inception, KIHd has grown not only in size, but also in its development of innovative programs for improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. The interdisciplinary campus based institute combines the resources of George Mason University with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations.


Mason LIFE Program

The Mason LIFE (Learning into Future Environments) Program is a supportive academic university experience offering a four year curriculum of study to post-secondary students, 18-23 years of age, with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, it provides George Mason University students opportunities to obtain hands-on training.

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Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI)

The mission of the ATI is to provide individuals with disabilities access to technology, which is available to all GMU employees and students, so that they have the tools needed to be as independent and successful as possible in GMU's academic environment.

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Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Leadership in Effective And Developmentally-appropriate Services (LEADS) in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is an initiative in the Commonwealth of Virginia designed to create and support a network of statewide leaders responsible for administrative oversight of local ECSE programs. LEADS is led by the Virginia Department of Education’s 619 Coordinator and is supported by the Virginia Early Childhood Special Education Network (ECSE Network), which includes a LEADS coordinator/website manager.

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