AGENDA

8:00 Registration with Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Overview

Enid Ablowitz ( bio   )
Associate Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

8:40 Opening Plenary Session
The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access

David Braddock, PhD ( bio  Opens in new window. )
Conference Chair, Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado
Professor/Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

Discussants

Mark Emery ( bio   ) — Discussion Leader
Executive Director, Imagine!

Peter Blanck, PhD, JD ( bio   )
University Professor, Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Marty Ford, JD ( bio   )
Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, The Arc

Margaret A. Nygren, EdD ( bio   )
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

9:30 Declaration Endorsement
9:50 Morning Breakout Discussions
Rodney Bell ( bio   ) , Greg Wellems ( bio   ) , and Dan Davies ( bio   )
» 
What Makes Technology Work for People with Cognitive Disabilities
Why does some technology help people with disabilities and other technology, not? Participate in a discussion with pioneers and experts on technology ranging from personal and web software applications to smart homes and remote monitoring/supervision. Learn principles and keys for developing and deploying technology that enables more independent living and improves quality of life.
Rick Hemp ( bio   ) and Mary Kay Rizzolo, PhD ( bio   )
» 
The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project
The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities project's data set now spans fiscal years 1977-2011. We have advanced our technological presence through an interactive website, a Facebook page, Twitter, and an increased number of Webinars reaching larger groups of consumers and self-advocates, advocacy organizations, professionals, and service providers. We will invite attendees' questions, concerns about the status of their states' services and supports for individuals with I/DD. This will include the future of long term services and supports that will be greatly impacted by social, demographic and political factors including aging, litigation, managed care, shortage of direct care professionals, technology, etc.
Fred Hobbs ( bio   )
» 
Social Media and Cognitive Disabilities: Rights, Responsibilities, Risks, and Rewards
Social media is here to stay. And just like the general population, more and more individuals with cognitive disabilities are embracing social media as a way to stay connected with their communities. Yet, many organizations in the field of serving individuals with cognitive disabilities have been reluctant to join in on this trend. This session is designed to encourage dialogue and explore ideas or different ways of thinking about how social media can be used to increase community engagement and involvement among the individuals we serve.
Jeffery Hoehl ( bio   )
» 
Online Tools for Making the Web Easier to Use
Join this conversation to share and hear about online websites, tools, and services that make the web easier to use for yourself and people with cognitive disabilities. Topics will include ways to remove clutter and simplify the web experience including removing advertisements, extracting the reading content you want, simplifying text, viewing mobile websites on your desktop, and automated text highlighting with text to speech support.
Melinda Piket-May, PhD ( bio   ) and Alex Andrews ( bio   )
» 
University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Imagine!: Collaboration Where it Counts
For the past four years, University of Colorado students in Professor Melinda Piket-May's Engineering classes have worked on adaptive equipment projects for individuals served by Imagine!. This collaboration has been beneficial for everyone involved: the students, Imagine!, and the individuals on the receiving end of the projects. This panel, including Professor Piket-May, Imagine!’s Technology Architect Alex Andrews, and some of the participating students, will discuss the how and the why of this collaboration, share some success stories, and talk about what’s next.
Melanie Yergeau, PhD ( bio   )
» 
Hacking Neurotypicality; Autistic Activism Online
Hacking Neurotypicality: Autistic Activism Online Hacking is a many-storied concept, with significations ranging from criminal activity to charity-focused activism. This presentation explores not only what it means to "hack autism," but also asks: Whose bodies does hacking-as-concept center? Using a disability studies framework, Yergeau argues that hacking has a disability-imbued history that invokes a problematic emphasis on the remediation of bodies. From autism hackathons to etiquette manuals on how to "hack" sociality, hacking has come to represent rehabilitation at the expense of broader social change. Yergeau suggests that autistic people have begun to counteract the systems that would otherwise render them broken and invisible, and she explores the ways in which autistic individuals have used online spaces to build a thriving Autistic culture movement.

Invited by the University of Colorado Disabilities Studies Group, with funding from the Coleman Institute.
10:45 Keynote Address
An International Perspective on Technology and Information Access

Eliza Varney, LLM, PhD ( bio   )
Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Keele University, United Kingdom
Author of Disability and Information Technology: A Comparative Study in Media Regulation

11:30 Coleman Institute and ANCOR Technology Showcase — Part I

Complimentary lunch, with poster and exhibitor session

Eliza Varney Book Signing (12:15 -12:45)

ANCOR Vendor Spotlights (12:15 -12:45)
Quantum Solutions     Rest Assured
Sengistix     Touch the Future, Inc - USA Distributor for ATE, BlueAssist & Cloudina

1:00 The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace:
Security and Privacy

William T. “Bill” Coleman III ( bio   )
Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners
CEO and Chairman, Resilient Network Systems

1:25 The University of Colorado Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Advancing Cognitive Technology: State Of The Science

Cathy Bodine, PhD ( bio   )
Associate Professor/Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT II), University of Colorado School of Medicine

1:50 A National Longitudinal Health and Intellectual Disability Study on Obesity and Health Risk Behaviors

James Rimmer, PhD ( bio   )
Director, Lakeshore Foundation/University of Alabama-Birmingham Research Collaborative
Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences

Commentaries on the implications of the study

Renee Pietrangelo, PhD ( bio   ) — Moderator
Chief Executive Officer, American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

David O’Hara, PhD ( bio   )
Chief Operating Officer, Westchester Institute for Human Development

Ann Cameron Williams, PhD ( bio   )
Chief Research and Innovation Officer, The Arc

2:50 Afternoon Breakout Discussions
Mark Davis ( bio   )
» 
Technology and State Waivers
Join a lively discussion of what technology-enabled supports are available through HCBS waivers throughout the US! Be prepared to talk about HCBS waiver services that are helping to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the impact on cost for the state and providers.
Oliver Gerland, PhD ( bio   )
» 
The What?, Why?, and How? Of Disability Studies at the University of Colorado
Faculty members are successfully introducing disability studies perspectives, courses, and programs to each of the four campuses in Denver, at Anschutz Medical Campus, at Colorado Springs and in Boulder. Join us for a conversation about what disability studies is, why it's important to introduce disability studies at the University of Colorado, and how we are working with each other, fellow faculty members, and administrators on our respective campuses.

University of Colorado Disabilities Studies Leadership Group discussants include: Heather Albanesi, Therese (Tess) Jones; Emily Nusbaum, Tracy Price-Johnson, Cordelia (Corry) Robinson Ann Schmiesing, Amy Vidali, and Linda Ware.
Sri Kurniawan, PhD ( bio   )
» 
Games for Health: Potentials and Threats
Games for health, for behavior change and for therapies are gaining popularity recently. Are games and gamification of therapy and assistive programs really life changers for independent living and rehabilitation? What are the threats with gamifying everything in the context of independent living and rehabilitation?
Clayton Lewis, PhD ( bio   ) and Jim Tobias
» 
Expanding the Usage of Technologies for Cognitive Inclusion
Labs and companies continue to create better and better solutions, but how many people with disabilities are actually using assistive and accessible technologies to take their equal place in society? Estimates say only about 10%. We will discuss if it’s really that low, why that might be, and what can be done to build usage so a new dynamic can take hold. Share your stats, anecdotes, sob stories, and dreams.
Kim Musheno ( bio   )
» 
Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress
President Obama is a strong supporter rights for people with disabilities and has a strong agenda for making programs and rights stronger. Unfortunately, the Congress, since the 2010 elections, have been locked in stifling gridlock, unable to move any legislation, not even able to move necessary annual bills that fund all government programs. Numerous laws impacting people with disabilities are due to be reauthorized, including the Technology Act, Developmental Disabilities Act and numerous laws that impact health, education and employment. Fiscal conservative Members of Congress insist on making drastic cuts to and reducing the size of federal government programs. This session will provide some insight into how are people with disabilities and families are impacted by these new trends and what individuals and advocates can do to keep moving forward with our goals for self-determination and community living.
James Rimmer, PhD ( bio   ) and David Ervin ( bio   )
» 
Health Promotion for Adults with Intellectual Disability: Building a National Online Support System for Families and Direct Service Providers
The incidence of obesity and poorer health status are nested within the intellectual disability (ID) community. Information and communication technology (ICT) holds substantial promise for identifying, tracking and targeting weight management and other health issues in people with ID. This presentation will describe a new system (POWERS – Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System) that will allow families and direct support staff to receive important content from a health coach in promoting health and wellness in people with ID.
3:30 Break
3:45 Fireside Chat: Reflections and Visions

William T. “Bill” Coleman III ( bio   )
Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners
CEO and Chairman, Resilient Network Systems

Michael Wehmeyer, PhD ( bio   )
Professor of Special Education, University of Kansas
Director, Kansas University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities

Sue Swenson ( bio   )
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education Research, US Department of Education

4:15 Closing Remarks

David Braddock, PhD ( bio   )
Conference Chair, Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado
Professor/Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

4:30 Coleman Institute and ANCOR Technology Showcase — Part II

Poster, exhibitor, and vendor sessions with, an ANCOR Conversations Program, and a scrumptious dessert bar

Eliza Varney Book Signing (5:00-5:40)
 
Julia Bascom ( bio   )
» 
Collaboration on Cognitive Accessibility
A roundtable discussion of a collaboration the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA,) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) undertook to gather and analyze data on current barriers to cognitive accessibility faced by workers with developmental disabilities when using the internet for employment purposes as part of ODEP's Accessible Technology Action Center. Staff from ASAN will discuss the reasoning and motivation behind the collaboration, the process of gathering and analyzing the data, what our results showed, and the implications for cognitive accessibility guidelines and further research and policy moving forward.
Maggie Nygren, EdD ( bio   )
» 
Operationalizing the Declaration
The Declaration is a statement of principle. This discussion will address opportunities and challenges in operationalizing and implementing the Declaration in the homes, jobs, and lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cordelia (Corry) Robinson, PhD ( bio   ) , Carol Meredith ( bio   ) and Marijo Rymer ( bio   )
» 
Discussion of Crisis Intervention for Dual Diagnosis
Coloradoans with Dual Diagnoses of Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness or Behavioral Disorders have great difficulty in accessing Mental Health or Behavioral Treatments regardless of type of insurance. The Colorado Legislature is currently supporting an analysis of this issue. This panel will present findings to date and solicit input on next steps.
Tony Yu ( bio   )
» 
Mobilizing Your Workforce
Discuss with other technology leaders how to support a workforce out in the field, comply with data security requirements, decide on a BYOD policy, and what enterprise resources should be put in the cloud.

Special Thanks To Our Conference Sponsors

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

AGENDA

8:00 Registration with Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Overview

Enid Ablowitz ( bio   )
Associate Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

8:40 Opening Plenary Session
The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access

David Braddock, PhD ( bio  Opens in new window. )
Conference Chair, Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado
Professor/Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

Discussants

Mark Emery ( bio   ) — Discussion Leader
Executive Director, Imagine!

Peter Blanck, PhD, JD ( bio   )
University Professor, Chairman, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Marty Ford, JD ( bio   )
Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, The Arc

Margaret A. Nygren, EdD ( bio   )
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

9:30 Declaration Endorsement
9:50 Morning Breakout Discussions
Rodney Bell ( bio   ) , Greg Wellems ( bio   ) , and Dan Davies ( bio   )
» 
What Makes Technology Work for People with Cognitive Disabilities
Why does some technology help people with disabilities and other technology, not? Participate in a discussion with pioneers and experts on technology ranging from personal and web software applications to smart homes and remote monitoring/supervision. Learn principles and keys for developing and deploying technology that enables more independent living and improves quality of life.
Rick Hemp ( bio   ) and Mary Kay Rizzolo, PhD ( bio   )
» 
The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project
The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities project's data set now spans fiscal years 1977-2011. We have advanced our technological presence through an interactive website, a Facebook page, Twitter, and an increased number of Webinars reaching larger groups of consumers and self-advocates, advocacy organizations, professionals, and service providers. We will invite attendees' questions, concerns about the status of their states' services and supports for individuals with I/DD. This will include the future of long term services and supports that will be greatly impacted by social, demographic and political factors including aging, litigation, managed care, shortage of direct care professionals, technology, etc.
Fred Hobbs ( bio   )
» 
Social Media and Cognitive Disabilities: Rights, Responsibilities, Risks, and Rewards
Social media is here to stay. And just like the general population, more and more individuals with cognitive disabilities are embracing social media as a way to stay connected with their communities. Yet, many organizations in the field of serving individuals with cognitive disabilities have been reluctant to join in on this trend. This session is designed to encourage dialogue and explore ideas or different ways of thinking about how social media can be used to increase community engagement and involvement among the individuals we serve.
Jeffery Hoehl ( bio   )
» 
Online Tools for Making the Web Easier to Use
Join this conversation to share and hear about online websites, tools, and services that make the web easier to use for yourself and people with cognitive disabilities. Topics will include ways to remove clutter and simplify the web experience including removing advertisements, extracting the reading content you want, simplifying text, viewing mobile websites on your desktop, and automated text highlighting with text to speech support.
Melinda Piket-May, PhD ( bio   ) and Alex Andrews ( bio   )
» 
University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Imagine!: Collaboration Where it Counts
For the past four years, University of Colorado students in Professor Melinda Piket-May's Engineering classes have worked on adaptive equipment projects for individuals served by Imagine!. This collaboration has been beneficial for everyone involved: the students, Imagine!, and the individuals on the receiving end of the projects. This panel, including Professor Piket-May, Imagine!’s Technology Architect Alex Andrews, and some of the participating students, will discuss the how and the why of this collaboration, share some success stories, and talk about what’s next.
Melanie Yergeau, PhD ( bio   )
» 
Hacking Neurotypicality; Autistic Activism Online
Hacking Neurotypicality: Autistic Activism Online Hacking is a many-storied concept, with significations ranging from criminal activity to charity-focused activism. This presentation explores not only what it means to "hack autism," but also asks: Whose bodies does hacking-as-concept center? Using a disability studies framework, Yergeau argues that hacking has a disability-imbued history that invokes a problematic emphasis on the remediation of bodies. From autism hackathons to etiquette manuals on how to "hack" sociality, hacking has come to represent rehabilitation at the expense of broader social change. Yergeau suggests that autistic people have begun to counteract the systems that would otherwise render them broken and invisible, and she explores the ways in which autistic individuals have used online spaces to build a thriving Autistic culture movement.

Invited by the University of Colorado Disabilities Studies Group, with funding from the Coleman Institute.
10:45 Keynote Address
An International Perspective on Technology and Information Access

Eliza Varney, LLM, PhD ( bio   )
Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Keele University, United Kingdom
Author of Disability and Information Technology: A Comparative Study in Media Regulation

11:30 Coleman Institute and ANCOR Technology Showcase — Part I

Complimentary lunch, with poster and exhibitor session

Eliza Varney Book Signing (12:15 -12:45)

ANCOR Vendor Spotlights (12:15 -12:45)
Quantum Solutions     Rest Assured
Sengistix     Touch the Future, Inc - USA Distributor for ATE, BlueAssist & Cloudina

1:00 The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace:
Security and Privacy

William T. “Bill” Coleman III ( bio   )
Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners
CEO and Chairman, Resilient Network Systems

1:25 The University of Colorado Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Advancing Cognitive Technology: State Of The Science

Cathy Bodine, PhD ( bio   )
Associate Professor/Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT II), University of Colorado School of Medicine

1:50 A National Longitudinal Health and Intellectual Disability Study on Obesity and Health Risk Behaviors

James Rimmer, PhD ( bio   )
Director, Lakeshore Foundation/University of Alabama-Birmingham Research Collaborative
Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences

Commentaries on the implications of the study

Renee Pietrangelo, PhD ( bio   ) — Moderator
Chief Executive Officer, American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

David O’Hara, PhD ( bio   )
Chief Operating Officer, Westchester Institute for Human Development

Ann Cameron Williams, PhD ( bio   )
Chief Research and Innovation Officer, The Arc

2:50 Afternoon Breakout Discussions
Mark Davis ( bio   )
» 
Technology and State Waivers
Join a lively discussion of what technology-enabled supports are available through HCBS waivers throughout the US! Be prepared to talk about HCBS waiver services that are helping to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the impact on cost for the state and providers.
Oliver Gerland, PhD ( bio   )
» 
The What?, Why?, and How? Of Disability Studies at the University of Colorado
Faculty members are successfully introducing disability studies perspectives, courses, and programs to each of the four campuses in Denver, at Anschutz Medical Campus, at Colorado Springs and in Boulder. Join us for a conversation about what disability studies is, why it's important to introduce disability studies at the University of Colorado, and how we are working with each other, fellow faculty members, and administrators on our respective campuses.

University of Colorado Disabilities Studies Leadership Group discussants include: Heather Albanesi, Therese (Tess) Jones; Emily Nusbaum, Tracy Price-Johnson, Cordelia (Corry) Robinson Ann Schmiesing, Amy Vidali, and Linda Ware.
Sri Kurniawan, PhD ( bio   )
» 
Games for Health: Potentials and Threats
Games for health, for behavior change and for therapies are gaining popularity recently. Are games and gamification of therapy and assistive programs really life changers for independent living and rehabilitation? What are the threats with gamifying everything in the context of independent living and rehabilitation?
Clayton Lewis, PhD ( bio   ) and Jim Tobias
» 
Expanding the Usage of Technologies for Cognitive Inclusion
Labs and companies continue to create better and better solutions, but how many people with disabilities are actually using assistive and accessible technologies to take their equal place in society? Estimates say only about 10%. We will discuss if it’s really that low, why that might be, and what can be done to build usage so a new dynamic can take hold. Share your stats, anecdotes, sob stories, and dreams.
Kim Musheno ( bio   )
» 
Public Policy Agenda for the 113th Congress
President Obama is a strong supporter rights for people with disabilities and has a strong agenda for making programs and rights stronger. Unfortunately, the Congress, since the 2010 elections, have been locked in stifling gridlock, unable to move any legislation, not even able to move necessary annual bills that fund all government programs. Numerous laws impacting people with disabilities are due to be reauthorized, including the Technology Act, Developmental Disabilities Act and numerous laws that impact health, education and employment. Fiscal conservative Members of Congress insist on making drastic cuts to and reducing the size of federal government programs. This session will provide some insight into how are people with disabilities and families are impacted by these new trends and what individuals and advocates can do to keep moving forward with our goals for self-determination and community living.
James Rimmer, PhD ( bio   ) and David Ervin ( bio   )
» 
Health Promotion for Adults with Intellectual Disability: Building a National Online Support System for Families and Direct Service Providers
The incidence of obesity and poorer health status are nested within the intellectual disability (ID) community. Information and communication technology (ICT) holds substantial promise for identifying, tracking and targeting weight management and other health issues in people with ID. This presentation will describe a new system (POWERS – Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System) that will allow families and direct support staff to receive important content from a health coach in promoting health and wellness in people with ID.
3:30 Break
3:45 Fireside Chat: Reflections and Visions

William T. “Bill” Coleman III ( bio   )
Founding Donor, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Partner, Alsop-Louie Partners
CEO and Chairman, Resilient Network Systems

Michael Wehmeyer, PhD ( bio   )
Professor of Special Education, University of Kansas
Director, Kansas University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities

Sue Swenson ( bio   )
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education Research, US Department of Education

4:15 Closing Remarks

David Braddock, PhD ( bio   )
Conference Chair, Senior Associate Vice President, University of Colorado
Professor/Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

4:30 Coleman Institute and ANCOR Technology Showcase — Part II

Poster, exhibitor, and vendor sessions with, an ANCOR Conversations Program, and a scrumptious dessert bar

Eliza Varney Book Signing (5:00-5:40)
 
Julia Bascom ( bio   )
» 
Collaboration on Cognitive Accessibility
A roundtable discussion of a collaboration the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA,) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) undertook to gather and analyze data on current barriers to cognitive accessibility faced by workers with developmental disabilities when using the internet for employment purposes as part of ODEP's Accessible Technology Action Center. Staff from ASAN will discuss the reasoning and motivation behind the collaboration, the process of gathering and analyzing the data, what our results showed, and the implications for cognitive accessibility guidelines and further research and policy moving forward.
Maggie Nygren, EdD ( bio   )
» 
Operationalizing the Declaration
The Declaration is a statement of principle. This discussion will address opportunities and challenges in operationalizing and implementing the Declaration in the homes, jobs, and lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cordelia (Corry) Robinson, PhD ( bio   ) , Carol Meredith ( bio   ) and Marijo Rymer ( bio   )
» 
Discussion of Crisis Intervention for Dual Diagnosis
Coloradoans with Dual Diagnoses of Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness or Behavioral Disorders have great difficulty in accessing Mental Health or Behavioral Treatments regardless of type of insurance. The Colorado Legislature is currently supporting an analysis of this issue. This panel will present findings to date and solicit input on next steps.
Tony Yu ( bio   )
» 
Mobilizing Your Workforce
Discuss with other technology leaders how to support a workforce out in the field, comply with data security requirements, decide on a BYOD policy, and what enterprise resources should be put in the cloud.

Special Thanks To Our Conference Sponsors

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