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Inclusion in Action: GMU Life

For some people with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities, college hasn’t been an option. At George Mason University, the Mason LIFE (Learning Into Future Environments) program makes this possible. This initiative offers a four-year curriculum for students to take specialized Mason LIFE courses and regular university catalog courses. Each student varies in their abilities and disabilities but each is uniquely accommodated to make the most out of their college experience. Mason LIFE students have a great deal of freedom to transition to classes, meals, and housing on their own.

Stephanie Vostal is a senior in the Mason LIFE program and takes full advantage of these freedoms. She lives on her own just a few minutes off-campus in the community. She and her three roommates have all the amenities they need including laundry, full kitchen as well as living and dining rooms.

Programs like the Mason LIFE program are growing on college campuses. For more information on this initiative, visit or

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