Declaration Implementation Grants (DIGS)

Declaration Implementation Grants (DIGS) Declaration Information


Technology is found everywhere in our world today and is used by billions of people worldwide for many different activities.  Yet, for many people with cognitive disabilities there is still  limited access to these tools for everyday living. As a way to address this inequality, The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities along with a coalition of disability organizations and individuals have written a document titled ” The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access”.

This document is a statement of principles, and is commonly referred to as the ” Declaration,” .  The Declaration outlines what it means for the estimated 30 million Americans with cognitive disabilities to be meaningfully included in our technologically-driven society.  To date, over 1,832  individuals and organizations have endorsed the Declaration. Colorado and Maine have also enacted state legislative initiatives supporting the principles outlined in the Declaration.

The purpose of the Declaration Implementation Grants (DIGS) is to further advance the Declaration through local and statewide implementation grants. Below are the 2016-2017 DIGS recipients. Their proposals demonstrated creative and effective approaches to increase awareness and promote implementation of the principles outlined in the Declaration.


YAI  YAI logo


You, Me, and Technology:  Spreading the Word

A 12-month educational campaign whereby a team of self-advocates will be trained and supported to educate others including individuals with cognitive disabilities, their support networks, YAI staff, and the community at large.  Self-advocates will learn about the Declaration and develop both in-person and online training’s on what the Declaration means to them as well as how its tenets can be actualized.

Materials Created for DIGS

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Project Description Materials 

You, Me, and Technology:  Spreading the Word PowerPoint slide presentations icon 

TECHNO RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES PDF File

Techno Rights Short Written Version article or handout icon
(YAI self-advocates shorter version of the Declaration)

Network News – Our Commitment to Technology article or handout icon

 

Social Media Outreach

YAI Facebook Page YAI Twitter Profile YAI You Tube Video
yai_facebook_post YAI Twitter Social Media YAI Coleman Institute Video

 

Declaration Champion Button

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The Arc of the Capital Area in Austin, TX The Arc of the Capital Area logo


Digital Media Arts Education Lab
The Lab provides comprehensive technology training to enable people with I/DD to master digital and pre-employment skills. The Arc of the Capital Area in Austin, TX will embed the Declaration and it’s principles of access to technology and information into its curriculum, in order to raise awareness and promote adoption of the Declaration among self-advocates, family members, service providers, and the community at large.

Materials Created for DIGS

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Poster

Arc of the Capital Area Project Manager, Jerry Slayton Arc of the Capital DIGS Conference Poster

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Project Description

Social Media Outreach Arc of the Capital Area Facebook Page

Arc of the Capital Area Facebook post about Coleman Conference poster Arc of the Capital Facebook post about the Declaration


Declaration Informational Kiosk

Arc of the Capital Declaration Information Station Arc of the Capital Declaration Information Station

 


The Arc of Philadelphia Arc of Philadelphia logo


Advancing and Promoting the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access in Philadelphia

A multi-pronged outreach proposal designed to raise awareness and engagement of the Declaration through’ disability training with the Philadelphia school system, mini -grants, and local and state legislative actions, the Arc of Philadelphia intends to produce measurable results in awareness and demonstrated implementation.

Materials Created for DIGS

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Project Description

Sign the Declaration article or handout icon

Social Media Outreach Arc of Philadelphia Facebook Page
Arc of Philadelphia Facebook Post about school program


The Arc of Westchester The Arc of Westchester logo


Networking and Education for Declaration Adoption

In addition to the innovative technology initiatives we already have underway, we believe the widespread adoption of the Declaration will require an integrated education plan focused on several key groups – including people with I/DD and their caregivers, rehabilitation professionals, special educators, direct support professionals, government funders, and local legislators.

Materials Created for DIGS

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Project Description

Technology Webinars Arc of Westchester YouTube Videos

Using technology and apps for person-centered planning PowerPoint slide presentations icon– 12.16.16
Tech for All PowerPoint slide presentations icon
Tell Your Story PowerPoint slide presentations icon


Developmental Disabilities Resource Center Developmental Disabilities Resource Center logo


Employment Gateway – Resumes in Action

A focused outreach proposal, that uses a customized job search program to reach, educate, and secure support from diverse audiences for the Declaration.  These audiences include;
self-advocates, family members, support circles, community partners in government programs, local provider agencies, employers and business partners, as well as local Chambers
of Commerce.

Materials Created for DIGS

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Project Description

Employment Gateway Project article or handout icon


Iowa Association of Community Providers Iowa Association of Community Providers logo


Technology in the Heartland:  Ensuring Iowans experiencing disability are not left behind

To increase awareness of the Declaration across the state of Iowa in both the self-advocacy and provider communities.  It will also help to further address needs identified in our technology needs assessment and seed promising practices in service provider agencies.  These activities will set the base for a strong effort to ensure the infusion of technology in the everyday lives of Iowan’s who experience cognitive disability.

Materials Created for DIGS

Oct. 6, 2016 Coleman Conference Project Description 

Technology in the Disability Arena Article  article or handout icon

Technology Page Website