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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Day 1

Time Event
Beginning 7:30am Registration in foyer
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:15 am Ballroom
Welcome by
Michael Behrmann, Ed.D, Director of GMU’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Max Orland, University of Delaware
9:15 am – 9:30 am Break
9:30 am -10:30 am Session I presentations: See page 2 for details
10:30 am -10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am Session II presentations: See page 3 for details
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch
12:45 am – 1:15 pm Ballroom
Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education
Madeleine Will, Chair Emeritus, Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 pm – 2:30pm Session III presentations: See page 4 for details
2:30 pm -2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Session IV presentations: See page 5 for details
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Ballroom
Keynote Administrators’ Panel
P. George Benson
, Ph.D., President Emeritus of the College of Charleston
Sharon Shields, Ph.D., Associate Dean at Vanderbilt University
Terri Shelton, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Moderated by Lynne Ford, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience at the College of Charleston
Introduction by Cindi May, Ph.D., College of Charleston
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Reception in foyer

Day 2

Time Event
Beginning 7:30am Registration in foyer
7:30 am – 8:45 am Breakfast
8:45 am – 9:30 am Ballroom
Leadership Awards
Stephanie Smith Lee
, Chair of the Think College Accreditation Workgroup
Introduction by Beth Myers, Interim Executive Director of the Taishoff Center
9:30 am – 9:45 am Break
9:45 am -10:45 am Session I presentations: See page 6 for details
10:45 am -11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Session II presentations: See page 7 for details
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00pm Ballroom
Keynote Student Employment Panel
Kristen Thatcher
, Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the College of Staten Island
Ian Singer, Pleasantville Lab School at Pace University
Caitlin Bernstein, Next Steps at Vanderbilt University
Moderated by Sean Roy, PACER Center
Introduction by Heidi Graff, Ph.D., Director of the Mason LIFE Program
2:00 pm -2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Session III presentations: See page 8 for details
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Session IV presentations: See page 9 for details
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Break
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Ballroom
Closing Remarks
Dr. Michael Behrmann
, Director of GMU’s Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Madeleine Will, Chair Emeritus, Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination