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David Braddock, Ph.D.  

Senior Associate Vice President of the University of Colorado; Executive Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities

David Braddock is Senior Associate Vice President of the University of Colorado (CU) and Executive Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He holds the Coleman-Turner Endowed Chair in Cognitive Disability and is a Professor of Psychiatry in the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Braddock was previously at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for over 20 years and is Professor Emeritus there. He founded UIC's academic Department of Disability and Human Development, and was instrumental in establishing several innovative programs there including the nation's first PhD program in Disability Studies, the Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of Illinois, the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project, the CDC-funded National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, and other centers in assistive technology, aging, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Prior to UIC, he held positions in Washington, DC at the HEW Secretary's Committee on Mental Retardation and the Council for Exceptional Children in Governmental Affairs and Research.

Braddock's many publications focus on long-term care services for people with developmental disabilities, health promotion and disease prevention, and public policy toward disability. He has given over 400 presentations in 48 states and seven foreign countries, consulted with numerous federal agencies and congressional committees, and testified many times in the legislatures of 15 states. His work has influenced developmental disabilities legislation, civil rights litigation, and appropriations decisions across the states and nationally.

He has received many awards, most recently the Arc United States President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, its highest honor.

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