Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University
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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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New website for families who have children with disabilities

New website for families who have children with disabilities

September 17, 2013

The goal of this website is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs.


The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at Mason, has launched the new website to provide comprehensive information on special education issues, practices, and services to families who have children with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The new website is titled "Virginia Family Special Education Connection" and can be found at
http://vafamilysped.org.

The goal of this website is to provide a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to:

  • Learn about and plan your child's educational program
  • Understand your legal rights and responsibilities
  • Access local resources including school system contacts and disability services in your community
  • Access an abundance of resources, including instructional strategies, assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed