Jon A. Sanford

Director and Senior Research Scientist

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Jon Sanford, M. Arch, is Director of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech where he an instructor in the Master’s of Industrial Design (MID) program. He is also a Research Architect at the Rehab R&D Center at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Mr. Sanford received both BS and M.Arch. degrees from Georgia Tech and is one of the few architecturally-trained researchers engaged in accessible and universal design. He has been actively involved in research and development related to the accessibility and usability of products, technologies and environments for the past 25 years and was one of the authors of the Principles of Universal Design. He has also been the Principal Investigator on numerous research projects related to the design of accessible environments for older adults and people with disabilities and has conducted numerous projects for the US Access Board that have resulted in changes in the technical requirements in the American’s with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.

Sanford is also the Co-Director of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations and his current work focuses on enhancing participation of older adults and individuals with disabilities at home, work and in the community through livable communities. He urrently teaches a course in Universal Design in the Architecture and Industrial Design Programs and serves as an academic advisor to both MID and PhD students. He has almost 250 peer reviewed presentations, publications and book chapters and is currently working on a book about universal design to be published in 2009.


Georgia Institute of Technology, Master of Architecture.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Architecture (with High Honors).
Duke University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (cum laude).


Sevilla, J. and Sanford, J.A. (accepted for publication). A Model of Job Activity Description for Workplace Accommodation Assessment, Assistive Technology.

Rebola, C.R., Sanford, J.A., Milchus, K., Quesenberry, W. & Castro, D. (2012). “Designing New Technologies within a Participatory Approach.” In Pei, E. & Bhatia S. (Eds.), Design for All,” Design for All Institute of India, 7 (7).

Chumbler, N., Quigley, P., Li, Z., Morey, M., Rose, D., Sanford, J., Griffiths, P. and Hoenig, H. (accepted for publication). Effects of Tele-Rehabilitation on Physical Function and Disability for Stroke Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Stroke.

Sanford, J.A. (2012). Design for the Ages: Universal Design as a Rehabilitation Strategy. NY: Springer Publishing.

Brush, J., Calkins, M., Bruce, C. & Sanford, J. (2012). Environment & Communication Assessment Toolkit for Dementia Care, Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.

Yang, H. & Sanford, J.A. (2012). Home and community environmental features, activity performance, and community participation among older adults with functional limitations, Journal of Aging Research, (2012), Article ID 625758, 14 pages.

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Professional Memberships/Affiliations:

  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA).
  • American Society on Aging (ASA).
  • Environmental Design Research Association (edra).
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA).

Committee Memberships:

National Advisory Board, National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification, Univ. Southern California, Leadership Council: American Society on Aging Network on Environments Services and Technologies.

Editorial Boards:

Editorial Board, American Society on Aging, Maximizing Human Potential.
Newsletter for Network on Environments, Services and Technologies.