The 6th Annual Coleman Institute Conference Advances in Cognitive Disability and Technology

October 24, 2006
OMNI Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, Colorado

7:45 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks
David Braddock, PhD

Associate Vice President, University of Colorado System and Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

Alice Elliot, Academy Award Finalist, presents a World Premier Private Screening of her new film on technology, personal independence and cognitive disability: “BODY AND SOUL: Diana and Kathy”

9:45 a.m.

Poster Session:

Selected Interdisciplinary Research Projects Involving CU Faculty, Graduate Students, Academic and Commercial Partners, and Exhibitors

11:00 a.m.

Keynote Session:

Advances in Robotics and in Repurposing Commercial Technologies

Maja Mataric, PhD
Professor, Computer Science and Neuroscience, Founding Director, Center For Robotics and Embedded Systems, University of Southern California School Of Engineering

“Assistive Interactive Human-Centered Robotics for People With Cognitive Disabilities”

Ramesh Rao, PhD
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering;
Director, California Institute For Telecommunications And Information Technology, University Of California At San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering

“Repurposing And Leveraging Commercial Technologies for People with Cognitive Disabilities”

12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Continuing Poster Session

2:00 p.m.

Distinguished Guest Speaker

John Kemp, Esq.

Principal at Powers, Pyles, Sutter and Verville, P.C.
Noted Disability Rights Advocate and Former CEO, United Cerebral Palsy Associations

“What’s Happening In Washington?”

Introduced by Claudia Coleman, Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Distinguished Guest Speaker

Michael Wehmeyer, PhD

Professor of Special Education And Director of The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Kansas, A RERC-ACT Collaborating Organization

“Technology to Promote Decision-Making Skills, Self-Determination, and Health for Persons with Cognitive Disabilities”

Introduced by Cathy Bodine, PhD, Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT), University of Colorado

Respondent: Michael Rogers, Division of Developmental Disabilities, State of Washington and Self-Advocate

3:45 p.m.

Cognitive Accessibility on The Web

Moderated By: Clayton Lewis, PhD, Coleman Institute Scientist-In-Residence and Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder


Richard Appleyard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics, Oregon Health and Sciences University

Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative of The World Wide Web Consortium and Research Associate, MIT

Bill Coleman, CEO, Cassatt and Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

Laurie Powers, PhD, Professor and Director, National Center For Self-Determination, Portland State University
Jutta Treviranus, Director, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

Nancy Ward, Oklahoma Disabilities Law Center and Self-Advocate

5:00 p.m.

Final Poster Session and Reception

Special Guest: Hank Brown, President of The University of Colorado System

6:00 p.m.


Temple Grandin, PhD, Dinner Speaker

Professor, Colorado State University; New York Times Best-Selling Author of “Thinking In Pictures and Other Reports From My Life With Autism,” And “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” “How to Develop the Abilities of People Who Think Differently”

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