2013 Coleman Institute Conference Information


Overview of the 2013 Conference

On October 2, 2013 the Coleman Institute hosted its thirteenth annual conference on cognitive disability and technology in conjunction with the ANCOR Technology Summit on October 3. The highlight of the conference was the launch of a new declaration of rights: The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access. Conference participants had the opportunity to endorse the declaration. In addition, featured speakers discussed the implications of such rights and provided updates on technology and cognitive disability with respect to health, security and privacy and the state of the science.

A new Technology Showcase component was added across the two days and was a joint project with ANCOR.

There were also breakout sessions and hosted roundtables on robotics, technology adoption using Medicare waivers, aging and developmental disabilities, the neurodiversity movement, designing for exceptional needs, a usability testing laboratory for assistive and adaptive technology, and more.

Speakers included:

  • Peter Blanck, PhD, JD
    University Professor, Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
  • Cathy Bodine, PhD
    Associate Professor/Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT II), University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • David Braddock, PhD
    Conference Chair, Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado
    Professor/Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
  • William T. “Bill” Coleman III
    Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
    Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners
    CEO and Chairman, Resilient Network Systems
  • Mark Emery
    Executive Director, Imagine!
  • Marty Ford, JD
    Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, The Arc
  • Maggie Nygren, EdD
    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
  • David O’Hara, PhD
    Chief Operating Officer of the Westchester Institute for Human Development
    Associate Professor, School for Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College
  • Renee Pietrangelo, PhD
    Chief Executive Officer, American Network of Community Options and Resources
  • James Rimmer, PhD
    Professor, Lakeshore Foundation (LF) Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB)
    Director, LF/UAB Research Collaborative
  • Sue Swenson
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education (Invited)
  • Eliza Varney, LLM, PhD
    Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Keele University, United Kingdom
  • Michael Wehmeyer, PhD
    Professor of Special Education, University of Kansas
    Director, Kansas University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities
    Past President, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
  • Ann Cameron Williams, PhD
    Chief Research and Innovation Officer, The Arc

View the Conference Agenda


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 twelve conferences since the Institute’s founding in 2001. 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

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 research partners worldwide. These sessions highlight progress and stimulate academic discourse involving colleagues from other research universities. In addition to the faculty and student research posters, partner exhibitors present posters and demonstrations describing their work and how it is aligned with cognitive disabilities. Abstracts and research statements will be made available online. For more information about the poster session please contact ColemanInstitute@cu.edu.


Technology Showcase

This year, in collaboration with conference co-sponsor ANCOR, there was a special “Technology Showcase” embedded in the Coleman Institute Conference. Select vendors had the opportunity to display and discuss their technology solutions.


Conference Co-Sponsors

aaidd American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities logo Alliance logo
ANCOR logo The Arc for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities logo


Event Location

Omni Interlocken Resort with the hotel in the foregrand and mountains in the background.
The Coleman Institute Conference was held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, Broomfield, Colorado.


2013 ANCOR Technology Summit & Showcase
October 2-3, 2013

ANCOR and its partners presented ANCOR’s 2013 Technology Summit & Showcase from October 2-3, 2013 also at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. For more information, please contact Debra Langseth or visit the 2013 ANCOR Technology Summit page.


Co-Sponsor and Partner Conferences

Achieving Momentum
August 3-5, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington

Plan to join The Arc in Bellevue, WA on Seattle’s East side for the 2013 National Convention from August 3-5 where we’ll be Achieving Momentum in the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Come to Washington to discover new information, new programs, new technology, and new ways for you to keep moving forward toward your goals as well!

NADD 30 Years of Progress: Ready For The Future (IDD/MI)
October 23-25, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland

For 30 years, NADD has been working tirelessly on behalf of individuals with a dual diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disability co-occurring with mental illness. The 30th Annual Conference program reflects NADD’s 30 years of progress and realization for the future of IDD/MH.

The conference will emphasize past, present and future topics affecting the field of IDD/MH.


Additional Information

Should you have questions about the conference, please contact the Coleman Institute at ColemanInstitute@cu.edu.