• Save the date for the 2015 Coleman Conference.
  • View The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access Video
  • Declaration Commentary by Renee Pietrangelo
  • Declaration Commentary by Bill Coleman

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.

Institute News

Coleman Institute 15th Annual Conference

"Inequality and the Rights of People With Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access", October 15, 2015, Broomfield, CO

Coleman Institute 14th Annual Conference

Over 600 registrants from 40 states, the District of Columbia and 5 foreign countries gathered on October 9th, 2014 at the OMNI Interlocken Hotel.

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

JFK Partners 50th Anniversary

JFK Partners 50th Anniversary April 17-18, 2015, Denver, CO

ANCOR Conference

ANCOR Conference May 3-5, 2015, Arlington, VA 

Sibling Leadership Conference

Sibling Leadership Conference May 30-31, 2015, Louisville, KY  

AAIDD Annual Meeting

AAIDD Annual Meeting June 1-4, 2015, Louisville, KY  


RESNA June 10-14, 2015, Denver, CO  

Global Summit

Global Summit on Innovations in Health and IDD July 27-29, 2015 Los Angeles, CA


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