The State of the States in
Cognitive Disability and Technology: 2012

The Intersection Of The State Of The Economy, Disability Policy, And Technology On The Quality Of Life Of People With Cognitive Disabilities

Westin Westminster Hotel, Westminster, Colorado

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Each registered attendee received a COMPLIMENTARY COPY of the of the forthcoming 2012 monograph "THE STATE OF THE STATES IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES."

2012 Coleman Institute Conference Information

Overview of the 2012 Conference

On November 2, 2012 the Coleman Institute hosted its twelfth annual conference on cognitive disability and technology. The theme, State of the States in Cognitive Disability and Technology: 2012, covered an annual review of the state of the economy, the state of federal disability policy and law, and the state of technology with projections for the future and explorations of impact on quality of life for people with cognitive disabilities.

The outstanding list of distinguished speakers and panelists included:

  • Peter Blanck, PhD, JD, Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
  • David Braddock, PhD, Chair of Conference, Associate VP, University of Colorado, Executive Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
  • Bill Coleman, Founding Donor, Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners, San Francisco
  • William Pound, Executive Director, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

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About the Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

The Coleman Institute annual conference is a signature Institute activity with a university, regional, and national reputation. Institute Executive Director David Braddock, PhD, has organized and chaired eleven conferences since the Institute's founding in 2001. Poster sessions on cognitive technology topics are at the heart of the conferences. CU faculty and students display their research, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration across CU's campuses and with research partners worldwide. These sessions highlight progress and stimulate academic discourse involving colleagues from other research universities. In addition, the speakers, panelists and participants at these conferences represent a diverse community of concern where knowledge and insight are shared not only by academics, but also by leaders in government, industry and the disabilities communities including parents, advocates and service providers.

Research & Demonstration Posters and Related Exhibits

Research faculty, graduate students, exhibitors and vendors presented posters, demonstrations, and booths at the conference describing their work and how it is aligned with cognitive disabilities. Abstracts and research statements will be made available online.

Conference Co-Sponsors

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Event Location

Aerial view of the Westin Westminster Hotel.
The Coleman Institute Conference was held at the Westin Westminster Hotel in Westminster, Colorado.

2012 Alliance Six State Summit
November 1, 2012

Alliance hosted a Conference on November 1, 2012 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm followed by a reception from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the Westin Westminster. Information on the Alliance Six State Summit is available here: Alliance Conference Information Form.

2012 ANCOR Technology Summit
November 3, 2012

ANCOR and its partners participated in ANCOR's 2012 Technology Summit held on November 3, 2012 also at the Westin Westminster Hotel. For more information, please contact Debra Langseth or visit the 2012 ANCOR Technology Summit page.

Co-Sponsor and Partner Conferences

NADD 29th Conference & Exhibit Show — 2012
October 17-19, 2012 in Denver, CO

NADD held their 29th annual conference on: Mental Wellness in Persons with ID and ASD: Innovation, Collaboration & Quality of Life (IDD/MH) from October 17-19th. This year's conference co-chairs were: Daniel Baker, PhD., The Boggs Center, UMDNJ, New Brunswick, NJ and Brian Tallant, LPC, NCC, Intercept Center-Aurora MH Center, Aurora, CO.

ASSETS 2012 — The 14th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
October 22-24, 2012 in Boulder, CO

The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies.

Achieving Inclusion Across the Globe
October 25-28, 2012 in Washington D.C.

The Arc and Inclusion International held the 2012 National Convention and International Forum to connect with members of the intellectual and developmental disability community from across the globe. The four-day event offered informative and inspiring sessions from experts in the field, fun social events, networking opportunities and The Arc’s annual business meetings. This year The Arc partnered with Inclusion International, a global federation of family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities worldwide.

Additional Information

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