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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 Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman has posted the fouteenth in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.

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

NADD 2015 Conference

NADD 32nd Annual Conference, November 18-20, 2015, San Francisco, CA  


Save the Date!  Education for All:  An Evening with AUCD.  March 2, 2016, 6:00 pm, Washington DC.  Tickets and additional information will be available in December at www.aucd.org.

Celebrating the ADA

In recognition of the ADA's 25th Anniversary, The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities supports the Teaching Accessibility initiative.


The Coleman Institute has endorsed the goals of the Six Goals By 2015 initiative, promoting the achievement of 6 goals for people with disabilities in each of 6 categories by the end of 2015.

Jeffery Hoehl

Jeffery Hoehl is a doctoral student in computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder and a Coleman Institute graduate research fellow. His research is focused on inclusive design for the web and understanding how combining technology from existing online communities into the design of novel web applications can improve the usability and usefulness for all users, especially those with cognitive disabilities. He has worked as a software engineering intern at Google to improve the accessibility and usability of cloud-based applications including gmail. Previously, he developed web solutions for the Department of Defense, federal government clients, the hospitality industry, and client-based solutions for the biotechnology industry. Hoehl holds a MS and BS in computer science and a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Conference Years:

2010, 2013

Conference Participation

2013 Conference

2010 Conference