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.


Project ASCEND is designed around (a) 24 credit hours of Special Education — 6 new courses; 1 revised internship, (b) 12 credits in a Minor secondary concentration area , (c) 18 credit hours of General Culture, Foundations, and Research Methods, (d) portfolio requirements, and (e) 12 credit hours of Dissertation. The project is aligned with the CEHD program requirements, but emphasizes the new special education courses designed to provide learning experiences in teaching, research, and service, in a mentoring environment with highly productive faculty.

Project Description Materials from the Information Session

Please refer to the presentation and/or the video recording of the Project's ASCEND information session to learn more about the project.

Click here to download the Power Point presentation from the Project's ASCEND information session.