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/

Nancy Thaler

Nancy Thaler is the executive director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). NASDDDS, which serves 50 states and the District of Columbia, keeps state leaders informed about federal policy and service innovations, represents states" issues to federal agencies, and provides information and technical assistance to state administrators.

Thaler began her career in 1971 working in nonprofit agencies developing community services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Joining Pennsylvania state government in 1987, she was appointed the state's deputy secretary for mental retardation from 1993 to 2003, where she managed a system of institutional and community services for over 80,000 individuals. Thaler's leadership enabled the expansion of community services for Pennsylvanians with disabilities on the waiting list for services as well as those living in institutions, resulting in a 50% reduction of the institutional population during her tenure. From 2003-2005, Thaler served as the director of quality improvement for the U.S . Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and was responsible for developing federal oversight of state-operated Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver programs.

Thaler and her husband are the parents of an adult son with cognitive disabilities. She has a bachelor of arts in music from the College Misericordia and a master of human organization science/public administration from Villanova University. She is a recipient of the 2003 Censoni Award of Excellence in Public Services from NASDDDS; the 2003 Leadership Award from the AAIDD, and the 1992 Award for Contribution to Non-Aversive Behavioral Intervention from The National Association for People with Severe Handicaps (TASH).

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