The Coleman Institute annual conference is a signature Institute activity with a university, regional, and national reputation. Institute Executive Director David Braddock, PhD, has organized and chaired 14 conferences since the Institute’s founding in 2001. Poster sessions on cognitive technology topics are at the heart of the conferences. CU faculty and students display their research, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration across CU’s campuses and with research partners worldwide. These sessions highlight progress and stimulate academic discourse involving colleagues from other research universities. In addition, the speakers, panelists and participants at these conferences represent an extremely diverse community of concern where knowledge and insight are shared not only by academics, but also by leaders in government, industry and the disabilities communities including parents, advocates and service providers. The Institute’s 15th Annual Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology will be held on October 15, 2015 at the OMNI Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield Colorado.
On October 9, 2014 the Coleman Institute hosted its fourteenth annual conference on cognitive disability and technology in conjunction with the ANCOR Technology Summit on October 3. The highlight of the conference was the launch of a new declaration of rights: The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access. Conference participants had the opportunity to endorse the declaration. In addition, featured speakers discussed the implications of such rights and provided updates on technology and cognitive disability with respect to health, security and privacy and the state of the science.