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.

Declaration News

2015 PCPID Report Released

"The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access" is the first overarching technology recommendation listed on pg. 9 of Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the 2015 PCPID Report.

2015 Maine Legislation

In May 2015, the Maine General Assembly passed a "Joint Resolution Concerning The Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism to Technology and Information Access".  Making it the 2nd state in the US to enact legislation ensuring access to information and technology for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Declaration Commentary by Renee Pietrangelo

Renee Pietrangelo has posted the thirteenth in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.

Declaration Commentary by Dan Davies

Dan Davies has posted the twelfth in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.

Community News & Events

2017 The Arc FINDS Survey

The Arc is inviting people to participate in the 2017 FINDS survey. The goal of the survey is to learn more about the experiences of parents and family members who provide support to a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability.  Deadline extended to:  April 30, 2017.

2017 ANCOR Conference

The ANCOR 2017 Conference, "Taking The Helm," will be held May 1, 2017 - May 3, 2017 in San Antonio, TX.  

2017 AAIDD Annual Meeting

AAIDD's Annual Meeting, will be held June 26 - 29, 2017 in Hartford, Ct. This meeting provides participants with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives.

2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas

The GSMA and CTIA® created a new mobile industry event in the United States.  "GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, in partnership with CTIA" will debut September 12-14, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. 

Teach Access Tutorial Available

We're excited to announce the Teach Access Tutorial, which is a set of hands-on coding exercises and reference material for accessibility best practices.  This tutorial will provide basic training for developers and designers interested in building inclusive experiences.  If you are new to accessibility, this tutorial's for you.  It is freely available on GitHub so that it can be shared widely and further enhanced by the community. Happy learning:   https://teachaccess.github.io/tutorial/

Bill Coleman

Bill ColemanBill Coleman was named CEO of Veritas at the August 11th announcement of Carlyle's acquisition of the Company from Symantec.

In 1995, Bill founded BEA Systems.  Bill was Chairman and CEO of the company from its founding through October 2001, during which time BEA became the fastest software company to reach a billion dollars in annual revenue.  Following BEA, Bill was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cassatt, Inc. an enterprise cloud software company which was acquired by CA, Inc. in 2009, and has been a partner with Alsop Louie Partners, an early stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm, since 2010. During this time, he was also Chairman and CEO of Resilient Network Systems, a cyber-security software company from Feb 2012 until Dec 2013.  Prior to BEA, Bill held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he co-founded Sun Federal; founded Sun Professional Services; and was VP of System Software, where he led the initial development of Solaris and related products.  Before Sun, he co-founded and was VP Engineering at Dest Systems.  Prior to that, he was the director of product development at VisiCorp during development of the first spreadsheet, VisiCalc; the first office suite of pc applications, the VisiSeries; and the first personal computer window system, VisiOn. He began his career in the USAF as chief of satellite operations, Office of the Secretary.

Coleman holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and master's degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University.  He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado, where he founded the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.  He is a member of the boards of directors of Seagate, Avni Networks, Sapho, Virtual Power Systems, Dreamfactory, and iControl.  Bill is a Commissioner of the Trilateral Commission and a Trustee of Santa Clara University.

Conference Years:

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011,  2012, 2013, 2014, 2015