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C o g n i t i v e D i s a b i l i t i e s Newsletter

Center for Accessible Technology


2547 8th Street, 12-A Berkeley, CA 94710
Tel: 510-841-3224 Fax: 510-841-7956 Web: http://www.cforat.org

CforAT was started by a group of people who had the vision to see how technology could improve the lives of people with disabilities. Bill and Claudia Coleman are the same sort of visionaries, people who can see incredible potential in emerging technologies.

During 2002, CforAT has been conducting a dialogue with the Colemans
around our mutual interest in adaptive technology for people with cognitive disabilities. This dialogue has been an engaging opportunity to explore new venues for CforAT’s capabilities.

This issue of the CforATnewsletter, which focuses on technological accessibility and people with all types of cognitive disabilities, is one outlet for sharing information on adaptive technologies.

THE DISABILITY MURAL

The images in this issue of the newsletter are individual tiles from the Disability Mural. The Mural is a mosaic of tiles made by people with disabilities celebrating, in their own words and images, the experience of living with a disability. Individual 12-inch square tiles of tempered masonite visually depict the artists’ experience with disability, while one minute recordings (sound pieces) express the artists’ intentions and inspirations in their own voice.

The Mural tiles are created in workshops at the CforAT Art studio and in workshops held at various disability agencies and arts centers, or are completed and returned by artists who request individual tile making kits.

The Mural started as a celebration of the 10 Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are now over 800 tiles in the Mural, and the Mural is becoming a national (and international) artwork, as participants from around the country and from other countries get involved and make tiles.

For more information about the Disability Mural, visit the ART PROGRAMS link on our website and click on the link for the DISABILITY MURAL.

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