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Omni Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, Colorado



2014 Coleman Institute Conference Information


Overview of the 2014 Conference

On October 9, 2014 the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities hosted its Fourteenth Annual Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology. The conference included an update on: The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access. 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.

Breakout sessions included topics such as: the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities, robotics, consumer and family use of assistive and mainstream technologies, private and public partnerships, aging and developmental disabilities, designing for exceptional needs, development of standards for web design for people with cognitive disabilities, federal policy, and the latest in research and development.

A Technology Showcase component co-sponsored by the Coleman Institute and ANCOR span across October 9-10th.

Speakers included:

  • Peter Blanck, PhD, JD
    University Professor, Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
  • David Braddock, PhD
    Conference Chair, Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado
    Professor/Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
  • Henry Claypool
    Executive Vice President
    American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • William T. “Bill” Coleman III
    Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
    Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners
    CEO and Chairman, Resilient Network Systems
  • Maja Matarić, PhD
    Professor, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics
    Director, USC Center for Robotics Research Lab
    Vice Dean for Research for Research, Viterbi School of Engineering
    University of Southern California
  • Andrew Minnion, MBE
    Director, Rix Research Centre for Innovation and Learning Disability
    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
  • 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
  • Susan Parish, PhD
    Professor of Disability Policy
    Director, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
    Associate Dean for Research
    The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
    Brandeis University
  • Renee Pietrangelo, PhD
    Chief Executive Officer, American Network of Community Options and Resources
  • Sue Swenson
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education
  • Shea Tanis, PhD
    Senior Instructor/Associate Director for Research, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
  • Michael Wehmeyer, PhD
    Professor of Special Education, University of Kansas
    Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities
    Past President, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
  • Ann Cameron Williams, PhD
    Chief Research and Innovation Officer, The Arc
  • Marilyn Wolf, PhD
    Professor, Embedded Computing Systems
    Georgia Institute of Technology


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 thirteen 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.


Technology Showcase

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

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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.


2014 ANCOR Technology Summit & Showcase
October 10, 2014

ANCOR and its partners presented ANCOR’s 2014 Technology Summit & Showcase on October 10, 2014 also at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. For more information, please contact Debra Langseth or visit the 2014 ANCOR Technology Summit page.

Additional Information

Should you have questions about the conference, please contact the Coleman Institute at