Declaration Tools

Information About The Declaration Information about the Declaration


Declaration FAQs Handout

A print version of the original “The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access” [The Declaration]

A print version of the linguistically accessible version of The Declaration, as provided by The Arc [Accessible version]


Videos About The Declaration Videos


In the following videos, learn more about “The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access”; it’s history and the author’s hopes and dreams for a world where everyone has access to technology and information.

  • A shorter video explaining the Declaration’s role in promoting change
  • The history behind the Declaration – Thomas Gilhool, JD
    “Forty Years after PARC v The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;  Is There a Right to Technology Access?”

State Legislation State legislation about the Declaration


The following tool has been designed to help educate your state legislature about “The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access” (the Declaration).  The State Legislative Toolkit Handout is available to download in pdf format. [state legislative guide]

Read the Maine General Assembly, “Joint Resolution Concerning The Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism to Technology and Information Access” [Maine legislation]

Read the Colorado House and Senate Joint Resolution 14-1011, “Declaration of The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access” [Colorado legislation]

Colorado’s State Legislature was the first state to unanimously endorse the Declaration, advocating for equal access to technology and information for people with cognitive disabilities and their families.  Read about this historic occasion.

Articles Articles


Commentary by Bonnie-Jean Brooks, CEO, OHI Maine. In 2015 Brooks received the 2015 Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities Certificate of Appreciation, for her outstanding efforts to secure the Maine legislation “Joint Resolution concerning The Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism to Technology and Information Access”. In her commentary, Bonnie-Jean reflects on the steps she took and the people she engaged to get legislation passed. Bonnie-Jean’s Declaration story.

Read the article published in Inclusion [PDF File] to learn more about how and why “The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access”came to be.

What Leaders Are Saying About the Declaration Comments about the Declaration


Leading thinkers from academia, private industry, support organizations and self-advocates share their thoughts and ideas about the importance of the Declaration in the following commentaries.

David Braddock
, Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
William “Bill” T. Coleman, Founder, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

Rodney Bell, Principal ASSET Consulting, Oregon, is an independent consultant in technology management
Peter Blanck, Professor at Syracuse University and the Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute
Ann Cameron Williams, Founder ao Strategies
Chris Collins, Former Executive Director of Alliance, the Colorado statewide professional provider association 
Dan Davies, Founder and President of Ablelink Technologies, Inc.
Mark Emery, Executive Director of Imagine!
Cathy Enfield, Vice-President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
Clayton Lewis, Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Margaret A. Nygren,  CEO of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), Washington, D.C.
Renee Pietrangelo, Former Chief Executive Officer of American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Alexandria, VA
Mary Kay Rizzolo, President and CEO of The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)
Michael Wehmeyer, Director of the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, the SEnior Scientist and Associate Director for the Beach Center on Disability

Labels Labels


“Please Sign The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access” labels (for use with Avery 5160) that can easily be attached to business cards, envelopes and other promotional materials.
Declaration small labels
Declaration Labels

Social Media Genevieve Berry Twitter Profile


Follow all the news about the Declaration and other Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities activities using the hashtag #TechAccess4All.