Declaration Passed Unanimously

On  March 13, 2014, the Colorado Legislature made history in the field of developmental disabilities.

The Colorado House and Senate both passed a Joint Resolution on the " Declaration of The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access". This bi-partisan nationally significant initiative was introduced in the House by Representative Amy Stephens (R) and  by Senator Irene Aguilar (D) in the Senate. Every elected member of both the House and the Senate present at the time of the vote co-sponsored  the Resolution. The Joint Resolution passed unanimously.

"The Declaration" was initially developed at The University of Colorado's 13th Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, held  October 12-13, 2013 in Broomfield, Colorado. Drafters of the Declaration included numerous leaders in the cognitive disability field in Colorado and nationally. The full text of the new Declaration may be viewed  at the following site www.colemaninstitute.org/declaration

In addition to the Colorado Legislature's Resolution, The Declaration has been endorsed by major national disability organizations including The Arc of the United States, the nation's largest parent group, the American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities (AAIDD), the leading professional organization in the developmental disabilities field , and the American Network of Community Options and Resources in Developmental Disabilities (ANCOR)-- the nation's largest provider association, and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). Colorado, however, has just become the first legislative body in the United States to fully endorse the Declaration.

Today's historic legislative initiative in Colorado stems from exceptional leadership by David Ervin, CEO of The Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs and Mark Emery, President of Alliance Colorado and CEO of  Imagine!--the Community-Centered Board for Boulder and Broomfield counties. The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities was represented by  David Braddock, Senior Associate Vice President of the University of Colorado and Executive Director of the Coleman Institute, Enid Ablowitz and Shea Tanis.

 

David Braddock, Enid Ablowitz, Shea Tanis, Mark Emery and David Ervin at the Colorado State Capitol following the passage of the  historic Joint Resolution on The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access.