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/

Robert L. Metts

Economics Professor Emeritus Robert Metts is a UC Berkeley trained PhD economist with 25 years of research experience in the field of disability and development. Metts, who is disabled as a result of childhood polio, is a leading scholar, practitioner and advisor in the field of disability and development. From 1995 to 1996 he served as a Fulbright senior research scholar in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, conducting research into the extent to which people with disabilities were included in the mainstream activities of development assistance agencies. In 2000, he was commissioned by the World Bank to develop a conceptual framework for inclusionary disability policy that subsequently became the basis for the Bank's own disability strategy. In 2002 Metts chaired a United Nations Interregional Consultative Expert Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia on appropriate and cost-effective disability-sensitive policy design and evaluation for sustainable livelihoods for all in the 21st century. In 2004, he was back at the World Bank headquarters leading a blue ribbon panel of development economists in an effort to create a framework for disability and development as an academic discipline. In 2005, he consulted with the leaders of the governments of Vietnam and Yemen to develop national disability policies and strategies based on the inclusionary framework he developed for the World Bank. Since retiring this year from the University of Nevada, Metts has shifted his efforts to improving the focus of disability policy research.

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