Welcome to the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
The Institute was established in 2001 by the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado System. Its establishment was made possible by a generous endowment from William (Bill) and Claudia Coleman. Our mission is to catalyze and integrate advances in science, engineering, and technology to promote the quality of life and independent living of people with cognitive disabilities. The Institute is actively engaged in supporting research, development, dissemination, and education in cognitive disabilities on all campuses of the University of Colorado: in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. We are committed to providing scientific, technological, and public policy leadership to strengthen the voice of persons with cognitive disabilities and their families in our society.
Annual Conferences on Cognitive Disability and Technology
The Coleman Institute annual conference is a signature Institute activity with a university, regional, and national reputation. Institute Executive Director David Braddock, PhD, has organized and chaired twelve conferences since the Institute's founding in 2001. Poster sessions on cognitive technology topics are at the heart of the conferences. CU faculty and students display their research, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration across CU's campuses and with research partners worldwide. These sessions highlight progress and stimulate academic discourse involving colleagues from other research universities. In addition, the speakers, panelists and participants at these conferences represent an extremely diverse community of concern where knowledge and insight are shared not only by academics, but also by leaders in government, industry and the disabilities communities including parents, advocates and service providers.
Declaring the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access
On October 2, 2013 the Coleman Institute hosted its thirteenth annual conference on cognitive disability and technology in conjunction with the ANCOR Technology Summit on October 3. The highlight of the conference was the launch of a new declaration of rights by a coalition of disability organizations and individuals: The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access (see below). Conference participants had the opportunity to endorse the declaration. In addition, featured speakers discussed the implications of such rights and provided updates on technology and cognitive disability with respect to health, security and privacy and the state of the science. The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access, is a statement of principles: the rights of ALL people to inclusion and choice in relation to technology and information access.
Watch an introduction to The Declaration below:
To learn more about the 2013 Coleman Institute Conference, click on the image below:
Testimony to the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care
New Website Section Focused on Cloud Computing and Its Implications for People with Cognitive Disabilities
In 2008 at the Institute's annual conference, William T. (Bill) Coleman III provided a glimpse of the future when he talked about Cloud Computing. Since then, the Institute has been leading the national dialogue about Cloud Computing and Its Implications for People with Cognitive Disabilities. Click here for more information and for links to related presentations and papers.
View our latest additions to the Cloud Computing section below:
- Peter Blanck's, PhD, JD, working paper “Towards a Right under the ADA to Web Access for People with Cognitive Disabilities.”
- The 2011 Pre-Conference Roundtable whitepaper on “Implications of Cloud Computing for Residential Supports and Community Services.”
The final edition of State of the States in Developmental Disabilities 2013: The Great Recession and Its Aftermath is published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
On the website, longitudinal data for fiscal years 1977-2011 are now updated. The website’s “Create a Chart” data are also updated through 2011.
Attendees at the 2012 conference received a complimentary copy of the preliminary edition of the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities monograph.
More information is available at the State of the States website.
- Search our Cognitive Technology Literature Database, a research bibliography.
- Read David Braddock's presentation prepared for the Summit on the Federal Developmental Disabilities Act [pdf, 32k] and related priorities, entitled "Envisioning the Future" hosted by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Bethesda, Maryland on January 31, 2011 and the regional hearing panel in Denver on December 6, 2010
- Read David Braddock's article Honoring Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Legacy in Intellectual Disability [pdf, 817k] published in the journal "Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
- Find out more about the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research [NIDRR] and Coleman Institute sponsored Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies, RERC-ACT.
- View the 2001-2013 Conference Agendas with links to videos, presentations and posters.
- View select videos of recent speakers:
- “The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities 2012: Impact of the Great Recession and Its Aftermath” by David Braddock, PhD [video]
- “Recent Advances in Cloud Computing” by Bill Coleman [video]
- “What's Happening in the State Legislatures?” by William Pound [video]
- “What's Happening in the States in Developmental Disabilities?” by Nancy Thaler [video]
- “The Economics of Enough: How To Run The Economy As If The Future Matters” by Dianne Coyle, PhD and Robert Metts, PhD [video]
- Introduction of Keynote Speaker Thomas Gilhool by Sue Swenson [video]
- “Forty Years after PARC v The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Is There a Right to Technology Access?” by Thomas K. Gilhool, JD [video]
- “The National Broadband Plan and Access for People with Cognitive Disabilities” by Elizabeth Lyle with Pamela Gregory [video]
- Overview of Emerging Technologies and Cognitive Disability [pdf]