Welcome to the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
The Institute was established in 2001 by the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado System. Its establishment was made possible by a generous endowment from William (Bill) and Claudia Coleman. Our mission is to catalyze and integrate advances in science, engineering, and technology to promote the quality of life and independent living of people with cognitive disabilities. The Institute is actively engaged in supporting research, development, dissemination, and education in cognitive disabilities on all campuses of the University of Colorado: in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. We are committed to providing scientific, technological, and public policy leadership to strengthen the voice of persons with cognitive disabilities and their families in our society.
"The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access" is the first overarching technology recommendation listed on pg. 9 of Leveling the Playing Field: Improving Technology Access and Design for People with Intellectual Disabilities, the 2015 PCPID Report.
In May 2015, the Maine General Assembly passed a "Joint Resolution Concerning The Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism to Technology and Information Access". Making it the 2nd state in the US to enact legislation ensuring access to information and technology for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Renee Pietrangelo has posted the thirteenth in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.
Dan Davies has posted the twelfth in an ongoing series of commentaries on The Declaration.
The 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual meeting will be held in Denver, CO, October 29 - November 2, 2016. The Coleman Institute is sponsoring and presenting at the Disability Section business meet and social hour that is occurring in conjunction with the larger meeting. For more information click here. The Disability Section also has a program of oral and poster presentations during the APHA meeting. All of the oral sessions are in room 203 of the convention center, and the poster sessions are in the exhibit hall. Typically, there is not a charge for individual oral presentations. Click here for a list of sessions.
We're excited to announce the Teach Access Tutorial, which is a set of hands-on coding exercises and reference material for accessibility best practices. This tutorial will provide basic training for developers and designers interested in building inclusive experiences. If you are new to accessibility, this tutorial's for you. It is freely available on GitHub so that it can be shared widely and further enhanced by the community. Happy learning: https://teachaccess.github.io/tutorial/
Free on-site training's in Person-Centered Thinking are being offered in Colorado during 2016. The purpose of these training's is to help strengthen person-centered approaches and practices among human service providers.Click here for dates and locations.
In recognition of the ADA's 25th Anniversary, The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities supports the Teaching Accessibility initiative.
- Search our Cognitive Technology Database, a research bibliography.
- 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.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Declaration of The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access
- View David Braddock's Congressional Testimony on Long Term Care
- Find out more about the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research [NIDRR] and Coleman Institute sponsored Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies, RERCIII-ACT.
- Overview of Emerging Technologies and Cognitive Disability [pdf]