Newswise — Syracuse University Professor Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, has authored a working paper on web access for people with cognitive disabilities. The paper, commissioned by the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, discusses a right under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to web access for people with cognitive disabilities.

The paper is the result of a dialogue that began at the Coleman Institute’s tenth annual conference in 2010. Blanck was part of a distinguished panel discussion entitled: “Implications of Cloud Computing for People with Cognitive Disabilities.” The Coleman Institute engaged Blanck and BBI to carry on research to provide insight into the question: “Is there a right to technology access for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities?”

Newswise — The working paper is part of a continuing collaboration between The Coleman Institute, Blanck, and BBI. The work is to be completed in 2012 and will be discussed at the Coleman Institute’s 2012 Annual Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, where Blanck will provide an update on establishing the right to technology and equal web access for people with cognitive disabilities.

Read Blanck’s paper, “Towards a Right under the ADA to Web Access for People with Cognitive Disabilities”

About the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University BBI reaches around the globe to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI engages in projects on civil and human rights, entrepreneurship and employment, technology access, and economic empowerment. With a staff of more than 45, BBI has offices in Syracuse, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga. For more information, visit http://bbi.syr.edu.

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