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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 Commentaries

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.

Declaration Commentary by Peter Blanck

Peter Blanck has posted the eleventh in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.

Declaration Commentary by Mary Kay Rizzolo

Mary Kay Rizzolo has posted the tenth in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.

Community News & Events

Personalization Computing Project Funding

"Disability Innovation Fund-Automated Personalization Computing Project." Funding available from Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). One project for 60 months, estimated funding available: $20 million.    

Celebrating the ADA

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

The Arc's 2015 National Convention

Upcoming Conference October 3-5, 2015  Indianapolis, IN

Technology, Disability & Aging Expo 2015

The Technology, Disability & Aging Expo 2015 is Sunday, October 4 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.


ANCOR & AAIDD Technology Summit & Showcase.  October 16, 2015 Omni Interlocken Hotel, Broomfield, CO  

AUCD Annual Meeting

2015 AUCD Conference November 16-18, Washington, DC. "Growing Leaders, Driving Change" will feature three fantastic plenaries from high-level leaders, over 225 concurrent and poster presentations covering a broad spectrum of disability topics as well as innovative research, programming, and advocacy efforts.    

NADD 2015 Conference

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

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