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.



Online AT Programs

The Assistive Technology Program at George Mason University offers coursework at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. The assistive technology graduate certificate (15 credits) and masters program (30 credits) are fully online programs, enabling students to take coursework from anywhere. Courses are designed to provide individuals with training on current assistive technology tools and techniques using a tool-based, hands-on, direct-learning approach. Online courses are designed to provide meaningful engagement and interaction with the course content, course instructor, and with classmates to create a community of learning.

Online ABA Programs

This program increases the professional training of individuals responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment and verbal behavior training programs in schools, private practices, and agencies such as psychiatric hospitals and training centers. You'll learn how to bring about improvements in human behavior and quality of life, particularly in the areas of autism, intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disorders, geriatrics, and more. Successful completion of the program meets the course work requirements to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Examination.

EDSE 501 Online

In 2012, Professor Izen joined a design partnership to develop a fully online, asynchronous section of EDSE 501 Introduction to Special Education along with her colleagues, Professor Anya Evemenova and Professor Peggy Weiss. The majority of the students took the course as the first step towards receiving their Virginia State Provisional Licensure in Special Education. Some students only had a few weeks during holiday breaks or right before starting new jobs in which they could take the course. The asynchronous format allowed students to begin and progress through the course material on their own timetable.

E-learning Resources

Over the last ten years the KIHd has developed a technology enhanced distance education and communication infrastructure that has spawned increasing collaboration and training and technical assistance capacity.

AT Lab

The Assistive Technology Lab is a computer and video conferencing lab designed to support both students who are pursuing degrees in the area of assistive technology and students and employees with disabilities at George Mason University.


VCC is a virtual collaboration center where small and large groups across the state can meet and work without traveling. It enables real-time collaboration on work products from a distance through access to videoconferencing, web conferencing, a virtual AT and media development lab, and a shared file storage area with document versioning for project teams. The VCC members schedule virtual meeting rooms and resources, notify participants and support collaborative engagement without requiring travel.


SpEd2Go will be launched in the summer of 2014. It is a special education online community that features interactive modules and enables the participants to connect with experts and colleagues to support their learning. Its mission is to provide professional development learning experiences to all teachers, parents, therapists, community and medical service providers who work to improve the educational outcomes for persons with disabilities. For professionals who need to earn points or credits towards licensure renewal, SpEd2Go offers a certificate of completion at the end of each module that could be used to request points from the employer.

T/TAC Online

TTAC Online is a web-based community with nearly 300,000 hits a day linking people and resources to help children and youth with disabilities. The resource includes self-paced on-line training workshops or web-shops (5 to 30 minute online training presentations designed to teach you a single skill or strategy), a calendar of state and national events, resources for VA assessments, SOL Enhanced PLUS, instructional strategies, disability resources, a Fast Facts newsletter, and much more. T/TAC Online is a resource for individuals working with children with special needs, parents, and general educators, as well.

Virginia Family Special Education Connection

The Virginia Department of Education & KIHd have launched a 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 website could be used to learn about educational programs; understand legal rights and responsibilities; access local resources including school system contacts and disability services in your community; and access an abundance of resources, including instructional strategies, assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed