The Rights of People
with Cognitive Disabilities to
Technology and Information Access
People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. A coalition of disability organizations and individuals asserted this right in a formal declaration, announced at the Thirteenth Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, held October 2, 2013, in Broomfield, Colorado.
We invite all of you to read this declaration, The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access, by following the link below, and to affirm your commitment to the equal rights of people with cognitive disabilities to technology and information access by endorsing it on this website.
- NEW Declaration Implementation Grants - Available - March 15, 2016
- Visit the Implementation Tools page for tips on how-to successfully implement The Declaration
- Read The Declaration
- Read a Linguistically Accessible Version of The Declaration, as provided by The Arc
- Watch the shorter introductory video.
- Read a plain-text version of The Declaration
- Updates on The Declaration
- Read an update by David Braddock on The Declaration
- Commentary by Rodney Bell on The Declaration
- Commentary by Margaret A. Nygren, EdD on The Declaration
- Commentary by Ann Cameron Williams on The Declaration
- Commentary by Clayton Lewis on The Declaration
- Commentary by Chris Collins on The Declaration
- Commentary by Michael Wehmeyer on The Declaration
- Commentary by Cathy Enfield on The Declaration
- Commentary by Mark Emery on The Declaration
- Commentary by Mary Kay Rizzolo on The Declaration
- Commentary by Peter Blanck on The Declaration
- Commentary by Dan Davies on The Declaration
- Commentary by Renee Pietrangelo
- Commentary by Bill Coleman
- Videos about The Declaration
- Watch a video introducing the significance of The Declaration
- Watch David Braddock's introductory remarks at the 2013 Coleman Institute Conference for Cognitive Disabilities
- Watch a panel of experts discuss The Declaration at the 2013 Coleman Institute Conference for Cognitive Disabilities
- Read about the Colorado State Legislature unanimously endorsing the Declaration.
- Read Frequently Asked Questions about The Declaration
- Endorse The Declaration
- Read the article published in Inclusion [pdf] to learn more about why and how this declaration came to be. The article was written by David Braddock, professor of psychiatry and director of the University of Colorado's Coleman Institute, with four co-authors associated with the Coleman Institute.
Inclusion is a new on-line journal published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). This article is made available on this website through an arrangement with AAIDD. Visit http://aaiddjournals.org/loi/incl to see other articles in Inclusion.
AAIDD is a membership organization that promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional society concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD engages its members and the general public through its three highly-regarded research journals, a catalog of well-respected books and assessment tools, quality educational programming, and partnerships with other leaders within the disability community on issues that are important to people with disabilities and their families. Visit the AAIDD website to learn more about the Association’s membership, education, and products.
organizations and individuals have endorsed "The Rights for People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access".