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.


Throughout the funding period, a collaborative relationship was established with the George Mason University marketing sources promoting and facilitating the use of innovations by the business community. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) and the George Mason Intellectual Properties, Inc. (GMIP) are responsible for contacting companies who are interested in evaluating and licensing university intellectual property for commercialization, collaborating on research, or teaming on federal grants. As part of this process, an agreement was reached with the News-2-You Company (www.n2y.com) regarding the use of the Symbolstix picture library within ACTIV 1.0. Furthermore, one of the major vendors in the area of assistive technology, Don Johnston Inc., (http://www.donjohnston.com/) expressed interest in continuous development of the ACTIV 1.0 prototype as well as future licensing possibilities. This collaboration encouraged the entrepreneurship of the innovative technology development.