The mission of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities is to promote the quality of life of people with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers by catalyzing advances in technology.


The Institute supports research and development of technology on the four University of Colorado (CU) campuses in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Anschutz for individuals living with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers. We are committed to providing scientific and technological leadership to strengthen the voice of our community. 

The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities was established in 2001 by the Regents of the University of Colorado. A private endowment and sustained annual contributions by our founding donors, Bill and Claudia Coleman, support the Institute’s activities through the Coleman Colorado Foundation (CCF). CCF is a 501 (c) (3) public charity and is classified as a 509 (a) (3) supporting organization to CU that supports the Coleman Institute.

The Executive Director of the Institute is Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor, Department of Bioengineering, CU Anschutz. She is also the Director, Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) and the Director, Innovation Ecosystem, Colorado Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI).