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Research & Reports

Advancing Technology Access for People with I/DD

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A collaboration between ANCOR and State of the States on expanding access to technology for people with I/DD

The technological disruption of the 21st century has transformed the natural routines and rhythms of American culture and even challenged what it means to be human. Inequitable access to information and communication technologies and technology solutions has created new barriers to community inclusion and left people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in crisis, isolated behind digital walls.

In 2017, the University of Colorado State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Longitudinal Data Project of National Significance initiated an investigation into the use of technology by people with I/DD and barriers to use. This project investigated technology solutions through the triangulation of data between state agencies for developmental disabilities, service providers, and advocates and family members. This report reflects what we have learned from service providers across the nation.