The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) continues to build and support numerous educational research projects that vary across disciplines spearheaded by the Mason faculty members. Our goal is to increase evidence based instructional and behavioral strategies to improve academic outcomes for all students with disabilities.
The purpose of this project is to explore relationships between teachers' use of evidence-based practices, teachers' experience with and attitudes about adapting instruction for students with disabilities, and students' writing outcomes.
Findings from this research will provide preliminary information about how writing is integrated within inclusive middle school science and social studies.
SE Faculty Seed Grants
Every year CEHD supports new or emerging interdisciplinary research projects through the seed grant initiative. Here is a list of CEHD seed grants for 2017-2018 with Special Education faculties.
WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers - Responsive Instruction while Implementing Technology Efficiently is funded by the Stepping-Up Technology Implementation program, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. It aims to improve persuasive essay writing for struggling writers with and without disabilities as well as to support data-driven decision making in writing instruction. Contact Dr. Anya Evmenova for more information.
Computer Science for All (CSforALL) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation. It focuses on preparing K-5 teachers to integrate the computer science standards of learning in inclusive classrooms to support students with high incidence disabilities. Collaboration between faculty from George Mason University, Old Dominion University, non-profit group CodeVA, and Norfolk City Public Schools aims to broaden computer science curriculum based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Virginia. Contact Dr. Anya Evmenova for more information.
Assistive Wearables to Support Self-Regulation for Neurodiverse Postsecondary Students is a Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). It aims to develop a wearable technology application to support young adults with intellectual disabilities in regulating their emotions across different environments (academic, employment, independent living). Contact Dr. Anya Evmenova for more information.
Helen A. Kellar Institute faculty and staff embrace new technologies as they emerge and make every effort to make content accessible across a range of different formats and devices. Our app development team is in the process of launching several new apps for people with disabilities, service providers and professionals working in the field of special education.