Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities

Address: 4400 University Drive,, George Mason University , MS 1F2
Fairfax,, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-3670 Fax: (703) 9933681 Email: jtemple1@gmu.edu Website: http://kihd.gmu.edu

The Kellar Center is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization that focuses on our mission statement, "improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities." The KIHd combines the resources of George Mason University with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

The customers of the KIHd include: persons with disabilities and their families; service providers; service organizations; employers of persons with disabilities and commercial public access organizations; GMU faculty; and graduate and undergraduate students at GMU.

 

Model Programs:

 

Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) – provides individuals with disabilities access to technology, which is available to all GMU employees and students, so that they have the tools needed to be as independent and successful as possible in GMU's academic environment.

 

CompuWrite – a computer writing camp for students with learning disabilities in grades 3 through 6. The primary focus of the camp is to work with students having difficulty in the writing process. The teacher/student ratio is typically 1:2. Students work on the five stages of writing by combining writing strategies with technology tools.

 

Mason LIFE (Learning Into Future Environments) (Mason LIFE) – a post secondary program for young adults with intellectual disabilities who desire a college-like experience in a supportive environment.

 

Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT) –  This is a joint project between the KIHd and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC). The Multicultural Early Childhood Team Training (MECTT) is a federally funded project that prepares parent and professional teams to improve services to diverse families of young children with special needs–infusing cultural competence in early childhood programs.

 

Technical Assistance

 

Region 4 Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) – Our mission is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth – 22 years). The T/TAC Centers provide quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs. T/TAC services strive to increase the capacity of school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth. Please feel free to visit the different areas of our site to see if T/TAC can be of assistance to you and your needs.

 

 

Virginia Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA) – part of the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities at George Mason University, will produce and deliver accessible instructional materials for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in Virginia who have students with print disabilities. The AIM-VA will also provide training and technical assistance to LEAs who will order and use these accessible instructional materials. The AIM-VA will also assist the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 

 

Virginia Assistive Technology System North (VATS North)- is a regional site for the Virginia Assistive Technology System(VATS), which is a statewide systems change project committed to improving the quality of life for all Virginians by increasing awareness and accessibility of assistive technology. VATS North also has the responsibility of being an ATLFA regional loan application center under a grant award to the Department of Rehabilitative Services/Virginia Assistive Technology System (DRS/VATS) and ATLFA from the US Department of Education, NIDRR.

 

Virginia's Training and Technical Assistance Centers (T/TAC) Online (T/TAC Online) – Our mission is to improve educational opportunities and contribute to the success of children and youth with disabilities (birth – 22 years). The Centers provide quality training and technical assistance in response to local, regional, and state needs. T/TAC services increase the capacity of schools, school personnel, service providers, and families to meet the needs of children and youth.

 

Additional Programs and Resources:

  • Training Grants
  • Research & Development
  • Products & Services
  • Policy
  • Resources
  • Publications
  • Software
  • Consulting
  • AT Screening

 

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