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 Disability Policy Seminar

2017 Disability Policy Seminar will be held March 20-22, 2017 at The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.  The Disability Policy Seminar is the premier opportunity to cultivate champions on Capitol Hill and advance the grassroots movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  

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.  

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/

Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle, PhD, (OBE), was a former economist at the U.K Treasury, European editor of Investors Chronicle and economics editor of The Independent. Presently she is director of Enlightenment Economics, the consultancy company she founded in 2001, specializing in global and technological issues.

In 2000 she won the prestigious Wincott Award for Senior Financial journalists. Coyle was educated at Oxford University, where she received a BA (Hons) in philosophy, politics and economics, and at Harvard University, where she was awarded a PhD for her thesis on the behavior of wages and employment in manufacturing industry. She specializes in competition analysis and the economics of new technologies and globalization, including extensive work on the impacts of the mobile telephone in developing countries. Recent projects include work for NESTA on the wider conditions for innovation, and a forthcoming study on the spread of the internet via mobile phones in developing countries, commissioned by Vodafone.

Coyle is passionate in her desire to encourage widespread understanding of economic issues and how economic trends will have an impact on businesses and individuals. Her new book , The Economics of Enough, How to run the economy as if the future matters, was published in February 2011. Her previous books include: The Soulful Science (Princeton University Press 2007), Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002, Texere), Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001, Texere), Governing the World Economy (2000, Polity) and The Weightless World (1997, Capstone/MIT Press), all translated into many languages.

A former presenter on BBC Radio 4's Analysis, Coyle is on the research committee of the Economic and Social Science Research Council; a member of the Royal Economic Society and American Economic Association; a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a BBC trustee and visiting professor at the University of Manchester's Institute for Political and Economic Governance. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009 for her services to economics.

Conference Years:

2011