James Sandstrum, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Manager of Business Services with Assistive Technology Partner in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Mr. Sandstrum received his undergraduate education at the University of California Los Angeles majoring in Philosophy and Linguistics. He went on to receive a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders and Speech Science from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he specialized in using technology to support the communication needs of children and adults with severe disabilities. Mr. Sandstrum has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Assistive and Accessible Technology providing direct clinical services, serving as a principal investigator, teaching and providing professional services. Mr. Sandstrum oversees ATP's consultation services, product testing and usability evaluation lab, and engineering and product development activities. As a consultant he offers extensive expertise in assistive technology, accessible information and communication technologies (ICT) including accessible web evaluation and repair, exam accessibility, accessible UI design, and document and materials accessibility. Mr. Sandstrum has provided his expertise to a wide array of agencies and organizations some of which include Time Warner Cable, Pearson Education, Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado.gov and the Colorado Department of Education.
In his role as a clinician, Mr. Sandstrum works directly with businesses, individuals and families to identify solutions that enhance participation in academic and vocational settings. He is passionate about supporting people in their efforts to learn as well as assisting those who struggle with the challenges stemming from changes in cognition whether due to illness or injury. As a researcher, Mr. Sandstrum has conducted investigations into accessible educational materials for individuals with learning challenges and the use of avatars to support literacy and vocational coaching. He is currently studying the use of robotic toys to enhance the early physical and communication development of infants and toddlers. As an educator, he teaches graduate level classes on Assistive Technology and disability, and presents widely on topics relating to assistive technology and accessible information and communication technologies.
What I love about my job...
“I work with a brilliant team of clinicians, researchers, and engineers focusing on technology for people with disabilities. On any given day I get to work directly with kids or adults who may be blind, use a wheelchair, or have some type of learning disability. Typically, I’m assisting them with accessing a computer or reading. I teach graduate students and clinicians as well as coordinate a few research projects. At the moment we are developing robotics equipment to help toddlers learn. I also consult with companies and organizations to make sure they’re computers are useable by people with disabilities.”
Contact James Sandstrum:
Assistive Technology Partners
Attn: James Sandstrum
UCD Auraria Campus, Hub
1224 5th Street, P.O. Box 173364, Campus Box 180-Hub
Denver, CO 80204