Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University

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Research and Development

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.


Project ACTIV

Adapted Captions Through Interactive Video (ACTIV) project is aimed to develop an innovative technology-based approach based on the principles of universal design for learning that enables access and participation of students with various disabilities in appropriate challenging academic curriculum. This technology will allow enhancing existing content-based videos in any subject area with adapted and interactive features such as regular text, highlighted text, and/or picture-symbol captioning; verbal and visual cuing; interactive hyperlinks in order to search the video for answers; and built-in testing activities in various formats.

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KIHd System

In an educational setting, it is essential that special teachers are trained to collect behavioral and other student-level data accurately and in a timely fashion to make adequate interventional decisions.

The KIHd System collects real time data using the data types of frequency, accuracy, duration, and fluency and instantly charts the data, using any device that has internet access. Parents can also use the system to enter information about their child's behavior at home so that teachers and therapists can have a more complete picture of the child's developmental and learning process.

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Project WeGotIT!

"Stepping-Up Technology Implementation" project titled "Project WeGotIt!: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers – Teachers Integrating Technology" is sponsored by the US Department of Education. This project is lead by Dr. Anna Evmenova and Dr. Kelley Regan in collaboration with Drs. Margo Mastropieri, Michael Behrmann, and Sheri Berkeley.

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Literacy Access Online

The Literacy Access Online site was developed to help facilitators (parents, tutors, teachers, and other interested individuals) work with children who are having difficulties becoming good readers. This was a collaborative project between the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, George Mason University, and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, Springfield, Virginia.

The project is currently inactive.

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Project DEVISE

The goal of the DEVISE project was to design, develop, and evaluate an immersive multi-sensory virtual learning environment that addresses the foundations of physics instruction for students with learning disabilities.

The project is currently inactive.

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KIHD Apps

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.

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Apps In iTunes

Applications developed at KIHD designed for iPhones, iPods and iPads are currently available in iTunes

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Apps On Google

Applications developed at KIHD designed for Android smartphones and tablets are currently available in Google Play

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