Implications of Cloud Computingfor People with Cognitive Disabilities

Tags: Technology Policy

In partnership with the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, will host a public workshop on Implications of Cloud Computing for People with Cognitive Disabilities. The workshop will bring together leaders from industry, education, public policy, disability, advocacy, and government with a shared interest in shaping our national infrastructure for computing and communication to explore opportunities for improving the lives and increasing the independence of people with disabilities, particularly those with cognitive disabilities.

The program will begin with introductory presentations on cloud technology, cognitive accessibility, and policy considerations, followed by interactive panel discussions on technical directions; the potential benefits, opportunities, and challenges of cloud computing from the viewpoint of people with disabilities, families, caregivers, and advocates; and legal and regulatory barriers to accessibility technology in “the cloud.” Presenters will include leading figures from industry, academe, government, and advocacy organizations.

The workshop will be held at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colorado, from 9 AM to 5:15 PM, followed by a reception.

There are a limited number of spaces available for the public to listen in on what is likely to be a lively dialogue among experts representing disability, public interest law, technology, and regulatory policy.


Potential Benefits, Opportunities, and Challenges of Cloud Computing from the Viewpoint of People with Disabilities, Families, Caregivers, and Advocates
  • David Braddock — Moderator
    Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
  • Jenifer Simpson
    Senior Director of Policy, American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Ann Caldwell
    Chief Research and Innovations Officer, The Arc
  • Nancy Ward
    Information Coordinator, Medicaid Reference Desk
  • Lynne Tamor
    President, TheArcLink
Legal and Regulatory Barriers to Accessibility Technology in "The Cloud"
  • Preston Padden — Moderator
    Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center
  • Elizabeth Lyle
    Special Counsel for Innovation, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
  • Jeff Bigham
    Director, Rochester Human Computer Interaction, University of Rochester
  • Gary Albrecht
    Extraordinary Guest Professor of Social Sciences, University of Leuven
Closing Remarks


Technical Opportunities and Commercial Infrastructure, including the Farther Future
  • Clayton Lewis — Moderator
    Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado
  • Gregg Vanderheiden
    Director, Trace R&D Center
  • Cathy Bodine
    Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, University of Colorado
  • Jutta Treviranus
    Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, Ontario College of Art and Design
  • Cyndi Rowland
    Director, WebAIM, Utah State University
  • Jamal Mazrui
    Technology Specialist, Industry Analysis and Technology Division, Federal Communications Commission
  • Martin McKay
    TextHelp Technology Division, Federal Communications Commission
  • Ralph Brown
Lunch (on your own)

Technology and the Cloud
Cognitive Accessibility
  • Michael Wehmeyer
    President, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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