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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 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

FREE Person-Centered Thinking Training

Free on-site training's in Person-Centered Thinking are being offered in Colorado during 2016.  The purpose of these training's is to help strengthen person-centered approaches and practices among human service providers.Click here for dates and locations.

AAIDD 140th Annual Meeting

June 6-9, 2016 in Atlanta, GA - AAIDD 140th Annual Meeting.  Save the Date! Registration opening in 2016. 

2016 NACDD Annual Conference

July 5-8, 2016.  Partners in Progress:  Empowering Children, Youth and Familes for the Future.  To learn more about the conference, visit: http://www.naccdd.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 HoehlJeffery Hoehl is a doctoral candidate in computer science at the University of Colorado Boulder, a Coleman Institute graduate research fellow, and a software engineer at Google. His research is focused on inclusive design for the web and understanding how combining technologies from existing online communities into novel applications can improve access for people with cognitive disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities.  As a software engineer at Google he works to improve the accessibility of user-facing products including Docs and Drive.  Previously, he developed web-based solutions for the Department of Defense, federal government, and 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, 20132015

Conference Participation

2015 Conference

2013 Conference

2010 Conference